Coming to Christ and making a decision to commit to receiving and following Christ is a quick and often simple process. The real journey in Christ begins soon after. New believers find themselves alone after a joyous celebration with other followers of Christ. They are left to their own devices, alone and without guidance in many cases. Children and teens are particularly vulnerable. After months of expectancy, they find themselves facing unusual challenge of running into the very things they know God would keep you from. Ideally, we should cover them in prayer, just as Paul did in 1 Thessalonians.
This is the toughest time to raise a child or a teen. Have we given thought to how tough it is to be that child or teen, before Christ. How much more after they accept Jesus into their hearts or become baptized? I spent much of today watching and listening to various Christian messages and the challenge we face is real. Sad but true. We have no reason to panic, unless we do not believe in Jesus.
As a parent, God requires me to help raise our child according to Biblical principles. We need our children to read the Word of God with us, within the family and with their friends. Knowing God’s Word allows them to understand and appreciate God’s plan for their lives and will build their relationship with God. We can support this by sending our children to Sunday School or Youth Services and small group Bible Studies in safe environments.
We need our children and teens to fellowship with others their own age, outside their Bible Studies with fun youth events, like an Alpha Class, which serves as an outreach to other non-believing youth. Fun days, various new Christian classes, coupled with meals, swimming, races and games are a great way to set up fellowship. I have seen this work wonders in the lives of many young people. They need to make new friends and share their various experiences and gain new perspectives, in a safe environment.
As parents, family members and Church workers, we should encourage their faith at every opportunity, sharing our own testimonies and allowing their significance to shine through. We should encourage them to share with others, with friends and family. We can train them by giving them a chance to watch us share our testimonies. It is absolutely precious watching children pray, share their testimonies and encourage one another. It is wonderful to see them do the same with adults!
Young people also need to know that they walk in the power and watchful protection of the Holy Spirit. Understanding that God has imbued us with His power, protection and authority as told to us in Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (ESV Bible). Our young people and all new believers need to learn that they cannot walk alone; that they can stay in Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit. The presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives brings God’s transformation to prepare, restore and launch them into His perfect Will. So help me mind new believers and walk with them to the finish line, as God leads!