How precious is the soul of a young man or a young woman! Those precious teenagers that gather happily around the pool for their water polo game remind me of the best years of my life. Youth is a treasure in itself, because in it, we find ourselves vigorous and brave, enthusiastic and positive about the future.
There is a story in Luke 7 about an encounter between Jesus and a young man. The story says that Jesus came close to the city entrance and saw a caravan of people who were carrying a coffin. A woman followed them crying. He was her only son and now he was dead. The story tells that Jesus came close to the woman and said, “Don’t cry” and then touching the coffin He exclaimed, “Young man, I say to you, arise!
The Lord knew the importance of a son to his mother. In this story especially, when the mother was a widow and her son was the only one who could take care of her. A son is by definition a friend (or so he must be, or become with the passing of years); she surely was grateful! How much more grateful must the young man have been when he realized he had been raised from the dead!
Many teenagers nowadays don’t understand how precious their lives are in the eyes of God. They waste them away in lawless or irrelevant activities, but if Jesus stopped just to tend to one single young man, don’t you think your life is more precious to Him than you realize?
If you are a teenager or a young man, do you realize what the Lord can do through your life? Can you imagine where He can lead you if you give your life to Him? He can do wonders!
Arise young men and women! Arise out of the conformity of the world! Arise out of sin and vanity! Arise and meet the Lord of your life! He wants to change your life; He wants to make you new. As He did for the man in the coffin, He wants to give you life, real life.
Have you been enslaved by addiction? He is ready to free you! Are you worried about your appearance? If He clothes the flowers of the field so beautifully, will He not much more clothe you? You think you are not worthy, you lack self-esteem? “You shall be mine, says the Lord, in the day that I’ll make you my jewel”. You are a treasure to Him and I can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, that He values you much more than you value yourself.
Are you ready to give your life to the Lord? First of all, know that God is Holy; He can’t bear sin. He is righteous. He won’t accept bravery as means of getting in to heaven. Know then, that you have sinned against Him every time you lie, every time you steal, every time you do immoral things. Yet He loves you and wants to help you to start out right with Him. He gave His life on the cross to pay the penalty for what you and I have done. So close your eyes and ask Him to forgive your sins, trusting with all your heart that because of His sacrifice, you can be forgiven, knowing that He hears your prayer and He will forgive you, because he says, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will by no means cast out”.
One can never give his or her life to Jesus soon enough. The future is bright and clear for those who choose to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. He will guide you with His Word, The Bible, and will listen to all your needs when you talk to Him in prayer. He is the very best friend one could ever have.