Here’s an interesting fact. Did you know that most people make decisions to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ during their teen years? It’s also during those teen years that most believers make decisions to serve the Lord in full-time ministry.
Of all the age groups in our society, teens are the most susceptible to peer pressure. No other age group cares more about what others their age think and believe. So, teenage Christians potentially have the greatest opportunity for reaching and impacting other teens – because they spend a lot of time together and know first hand the struggles and issues that teens face.
A local pastor recalls a teenager at his church who was responsible for leading dozens of his friends to Christ. How did he accomplish this great ministry? Well, it was actually pretty simple. He invited his friends to church. Many accepted the invitation, began attending regularly, and became involved in the many activities the church provided for the youth. This teen was a great missionary by simply bringing his friends to church and letting the teachers and pastors take it from there. In explaining the young man’s amazing success at witnessing to his friends, the pastor said simply, “No one ever told him that witnessing was supposed to be hard!”
There’s a song that says, “You’re the only Jesus some will ever see.”* Think about that for a moment. It’s a pretty sobering thought, isn’t it? Who do your friends see in you?
*”You’re the Only Jesus,” Benson Sound, Inc.