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A Teen of Purpose

A Teen of Purpose

written by on the topic of Teens on August, 2010

Every person that has ever been born or ever will be born has been placed here for a purpose. When you and I were created, we were not a mistake or an afterthought of God. God has uniquely created and designed you for a purpose that only you can fulfill. Sad to say, most teens and young people fail to live their lives with any purpose. The following are statistics of young people who either have no purpose or have lost sight of their purpose:

  • 6,042 teens will be arrested daily
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of teen deaths
  • 1.2 million teens will drop out of school this year
  • 500 teens every day experience drugs for the first time

As we read these staggering statistics, we cannot help but think of young people who have lost purpose for their lives. What is even more tragic is to see Christian young people coasting through life without a purpose.

The word purpose simply means “the reason for which something exists or is done.” Even Jesus Christ Himself had purpose! If you were to read the Gospels, you would find that Christ said, “For this cause.” His purpose was to “seek and to save”! Let me ask you, “What is your purpose?”

Allow me to give you several thoughts about becoming a teen with purpose.

1.    Find your purpose.
There is no reason why a Christian young person cannot find the purpose for his or her life! You do not have to wait until you are in college to discover what your purpose is and why God created you. You and I have the resources all around us to discover what that may be. A Christian teen can find purpose through the avenues which God has provided:

  • Scripture
  • Sincere prayer
  • Spiritual counsel
  • Spirit of God

2.    Follow your purpose.
The most miserable people in the world are those who fail to follow the purpose for which God created them. Once you find your purpose, follow it. One of my favorite quotes is, “If God has called you to be a preacher, never stoop to be a king.” I do not know the purpose for your life, but I do know that the only place you will find true joy and lasting happiness is in following the path that God has intended for you.

3.    Finish your purpose.
In a day and age when people are quitting all around us, may God give us young people who will determine to finish the purpose that God has for them. Our greatest example is Christ when His very last word on the cross was “finished.” The desire of every young person should be to hear the words, “Well done,” as he stands before God someday. Young person, as you find and follow your purpose, let me encourage you to stick with it and finish your purpose.

Yes, the moment in which we live is filled with people who lack purpose, but may it be said of you that you are a teenager who has found, is following, and, by the grace of God, is going to finish his purpose. Determine now you are going to become a teen of purpose.

About the Author

Tim Trieber is the Youth Pastor at North Valley Baptist Church. Each week, he works with hundreds of teenagers.

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