The Greatest Teenage Mission Field

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Dear Christian Teenagers,

You might think that God cannot use teenagers. To be honest, the culture does not think you are capable of very much. Our culture constantly potrays you as disrespectful, hedonistic, immature, goof ups that can never accomplish anything of significance. Unfortunately, our culture's view of you has poisoned the minds of Christian parents and church leaders. Many treat youth ministry as a place of entertainment rather than a place of missionary training. As a result we've result we feed you pizza, but refuse to feed you the word of God. You and I both know that you are capable of far more. I know and believe that God can use teenagers powerfully for the sake of His kingdom. How do I know this? Because he has given you the greatest opportunity.

You might not have ever thought about it, but for many of you God has placed in you the greatest mission field in the United States: The public school. God has given an opportunity to be surrounded by people your own age from a variety of different backgrounds and beliefs. God has surrounded you with people who are in desperate need of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the Gospel is the power of God for salvation to all who would believe (Romans 1:16). God has saved you and blessed you in Christ so that you can be his messenger and ambassador. You see, people will not be saved apart from the Gospel, and we are God's chosen means to spread the good news about Jesus. People will not be saved unless you and I go and tell them. Hear the words of the apostle Paul:

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” (Romans 10:14–15, ESV)

You see, people cannot call on Jesus unless they believe. People cannot believe unless they hear the gospel People cannot hear the Gospel unless someone tells them. Someone can't tell them unless they are sent.

As public schools become more closed off to church ministries, you are God's means of taking the Gospel to the students in your school. God has sent you into your school to proclaim the Gospel. He has given you access that no other adult or even teacher can have. You have been sent as an ambassador to proclaim Christ!

Students, do not squander this wonderful opportunity our great God has entrusted to you by keeping your mouth shut! Eternity is coming and hell is hot. Time is of the essence and eternity is long. Boldly be the mouth piece of God, sharing the Gospel and inviting your friends to repent and trust Christ! Rise to the challenge. God has given you an incredible opportunity. "Oh how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!" Go and take the Gospel to one of the greatest mission fields in our country and may God use you to save the lost and help the helpless. As the missionary William Cary said, "Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God."

For the Glory of God,

Justin Deeter