I got a phone call yesterday that led me then to make some calls myself. I can't go into specifics, but a past 128 student is walking away from Christ- the life they are living would suggest they are not saved- and they don't really have any connection with anyone.
If I were going down a path that seemed to others to be leading me to destruction, I would want someone to come and say something to me. I think in this case they are not interested in what others- any others- have to say. Whether they want to hear it or not we are called to say something.
That is the reason for this post. The church is not doing a good enough job assimilating our young people into the body when they are out of high school. I don't think this is necessarily a 128 issue per se, and I think this ministry does a better job at this than the national average, but what about the national average? Why do young people walk away? Why did I walk away?
Each case is different and in my case I wasn't saved, but if we have such good news and we are so excited about being Christians why are we not able to transfer that to more of the students under our care? Obviously it is God Who moves hearts, but are we doing all we can do?
Maybe we are not loving them enough to get connected with them? Maybe our love for Christ look hypocritical to them? Maybe their family is teaching a different Gospel than we are? Maybe they haven't been called yet- this is true. But we must examine our own lives, hearts, methods, approaches and make sure we are doing and being all that God has called us to be so that this doesn't happen.
My heart was just broken when there was literally not one person I could ask to talk to this person and maybe get them turned around. How can we have people in our ministries- adult or student- that don't connect with one single person?
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