Don’t Just Go to Youth Group…Be the Youth Group!

I Corinthians 12:12,14,18-20,27 – “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  For the body is not one member, but many.  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.  And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body.  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
One of my favorite toys growing up was Legos!  My brother and I would spend hours at our lego table, digging through color coordinated lego bins, using our imagination, and building pre-designed sets.  The interesting thing about lego sets is the fact that they are designed for a purpose. Each piece is important, each piece is useful, and each piece serves a purpose in the overall design.  Much like the church, the body of Christ.
No one is going to argue the fact that each one of us is extremely different than anyone else on the planet.  We are special, we are unique!!  God has creatively handcrafted each one of us (Jeremiah 1:5) and designed us for a purpose (II Timothy 1:9), ultimately to fulfill His purpose for our life.
We see these truths very clearly in the verses above.  We can even look at our bodies and see that each member is very different, but each member is important.  Our fingers are very different from our toes, but all of them are important.  Our ears are different than our eyes, but yet again, both are still very important.  That’s the case with our body and it’s the same case when it comes to the body of Christ.  
As Christians, we have a responsibility to be an active participating member in the body of Christ by living out the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We weren’t designed to just sit around and do nothing.  We weren’t designed to pick and choose whether we wanted to be involved or not.  We were designed to be an active, participating, involved, functioning member of His body!
Teenagers, grasp this truth now!  Being part of the body of Christ means that we recognize our uniqueness and God-given purpose and we actively live out God’s purpose for our life.  It means that we use the different parts of our body to fulfill our God-given purpose as part of His body.
Jesus Christ is our go-to example for this.  His overall purpose and drive for His earthly life and ministry was doing the will of His Father, in which He said, “I do always those things that please Him.” (John 8:29b)  His feet and his legs carried Him to places where He could help and where He could heal.  Out of compassion, His arms and hands reached out and reached down to a lost and hurting world.  His eyes affected His heart and He was moved with compassion for the lost and dying world around Him.  With His mouth, He brought good news, challenging words, and the truth.  We must ask ourselves, what are we doing with our body to be an active member of His body?
And that leads me to the main thought behind this post.  Referring back to the title…Have we made the transition?  Have we made the transition from simply coming TO church…to actually BEING the church?  Have we made the transition from simply coming TO Youth Group…to actually BEING the Youth Group?
Don’t base your Youth Group attendance off of whether or not Youth Group can do something for you.  Come to Youth Group because you want to learn something from God and do something for God.  Rather than evaluating whether or not we feel like coming to Youth Group each night, let’s be there because we’re committed to God and His Word.  Rather than wondering why no one is talking to us while we’re at Youth Group, let’s focus more on reaching out, encouraging others, and befriending others while we’re there.  Rather than picking and choosing whether or not we come to a Youth Activity based on how fun it will be, let’s determine to make the next Youth Activity fun no matter what we end up doing.  Rather than pointing out the immaturity of others, let’s realize that leadership is influence and see the importance of setting the example so others can follow.  Rather than worrying about what others are thinking about us, let’s show the love of Christ and point people to Jesus.
There is a difference.  There’s a difference between those who simply come to Youth Group and those who focus on being the Youth Group.  Have you made the transition?
Pastor Dale

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