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Jesus and The Gospel in High School

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Jesus and The Gospel in High School

As a high schooler, life is comprised of classes, friends, sports, and extracurriculars. We all get into that day-to-day grind of, waking up. Drive to school. Go to class. Go to practice. Go home. Do homework. Hang out with friends. Go to bed. Rinse and repeat endlessly until we break down or make it to a break. How to get through is to compartmentalize, or each thing gets its own little box in our heart and mind. It’s what we’re taught to do. So when we get saved, we just add a Church box. But Christ and his gospel call for so much more from us.

“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved is and called us with a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” -1 Timothy 1:8-10

For many of us, we may go to church every Sunday and Wednesday. We could even be so crazy as to raise our hands during worship! But all of that stops there. It all stays in our safe little Church box. We go and open this box and play with our cute little Jesus. This is so heartbreakingly against the gospel of our salvation. As Christians in high school, if we are really saved, there should be a drive in us. We have a high calling. We have a Gospel! We have a King! He calls us to so much more than mediocrity.

This lax approach to Christianity is rampant throughout high school. Kids are so scared about what people may think. Terrified to be labeled a weirdo, religious freak, or a loser. These are all legitimate concerns that I have wrestled with. Look at our text, though. We are called to share in suffering for the gospel, and we’re called to a holy calling by Christ’s purpose and grace. The gospel and Jesus, the one who saved us, is so worth whatever suffering may come from radical abandonment to Him.

This last semester I was so wrapped up in myself. I cared about what people thought of me, how many girls I could catch the attention of, and even performance in sports. Every single one of these paths gave me nothing that could even come close to comparing with Christ (Phil 3:8). As Christians, our high schools should know who we are. We should be so on fire to share the gospel that we’re shunned. We should be the outliers. We should be the ones going to the hurting and alone. Our every day should be so gospel-centered that everything we say and does reflect the gospel.

 

Lord Jesus, I pray that you would take this small snippet and encourage someone. Lord transform our hearts and minds to be even more gospel centered and Jesus loving. Lead us as we go into the world to love the lost. We love you, Lord, help us to love you more.

-Noah

 

 

 

 

 

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