Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Youthful But Not Useful.

The Lord placed a strong burden in my heart to write this article and I hope it would reposition those who are affected for Christ. 
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We are in a generation where the youths are in charge of every affairs of the economy of the country they belong. Because they have virility, mental stability and craftiness, they do what is right to their senses or whatever the society throws at them but only to regret afterwards on what they should have done better in their youthful days. 
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It saddens my heart to see youths from the age of twenty years to about sixty who are bent on pursuing the vanities of life. They are giving their energies to women, drug abuse, corruption, alcoholism, hard drugs peddling, political wickedness, cybercrime, immoralities, crime, fraud, gambling, occultism, sexual perversion, ungodliness, thuggery, hooliganism and youthful exuberance. 
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Many who were born great are pursuing mastery in the things that destroys kings and queen which holds not value in the life where they will return. 
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It's a shame to see potential leaders of tomorrow becoming leaders of bad boys, slay queens, touts, cult groups, aristos, gigolos etc. What a tragedy is it to see youths becoming disobedient to their parents, loving pleasure more than God even in this last days! Are you youthful but not useful? You may be youthful but not useful to yourself, family, environment, church, society and even to God who created you. 
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Check your life brothers and sisters, are you useful to yourself? Your usefulness isn't about living the life you want to live; it's a function of living the life that makes positive impact to people around. You can never be useful to yourself if you do not discover God's purpose for your life. An eaglet mingling with chickens won't know her worth until she sees the mother eagle soar high in the sky. 
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Why would you waste this strength that God has given you when the evil days draw near and you'd say you have no pleasure in them? David married many wives in his youthful days but a day came when he couldn't get warmth even when the most beautiful lady was brought to him. Jumping from one relationship to another in expressing your sexual prowess will end one day. What would you say to your unborn generations that you use your youthful life for? 
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Are you the type of youth that scorns parental advice? That they're old-school or illiterate doesn't mean you know better than them even if you're a PhD holder. What impact have you made or you're making in the life of your immediate siblings? What contributions is your life giving to your parents? Are you not just being prodigal? Remember, he or she that's often reproved but hardens his or her neck shall suddenly perish and that without remedy. 
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The best time to be useful in life is in this time of your youth. What relevance have you contributed to your environment? Aren't you amongst the youth that roams the strength in groups; looking for new girls to toast or hanging around with guys in odd hours in the street especially at dark corners? If you can't add value to your environment, isn't it better not to constitute a nuisance to it?
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Now to the Christian youths who go to church, can I ask you this question: is your youthfulness useful to God and the church where you worship? Aren't you among the group of youths that comes late to church, Sunday school and leaves immediately after service? You will be very punctual in football viewing centers when your favorite club is playing; you know everything about your club: players, transfers, loans and the likes but you know nothing about God and His word. Will soccer grant you eternal life when you're a stranger to God?
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How can you be useful to God when you lift up holy hands on Sunday and the same hands you put in the air on Friday nights in the club, who are you deceiving? It's better you serve God or the devil instead of sitting between the fence. If your pastor knows you because of your tithes and offerings, there’s someone who knows your work and cannot be deceived. 
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Are you even amongst those who believe the youthful life is for enjoying life and the old age is for serving God? Do you think God uses old men? The Bible says remember now your Creator in the time of your youth while the evil days come not...The best time you can be useful for God is now. 
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However, if you do not bear the yoke of your life now that you're young, it'll become an heavy burden when you become old. I'm not writing this to condemn anyone but to sound a warning to those whose youthfulness is not useful to themselves, their society, family and God. Before it becomes too late, you have the time to evaluate your life now and to repent. 
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Don't just occupy space, make positive eternal impact in life. Let the world miss an icon at your demise. Let your family miss a great hero when you leave here and let God be happy to receive you when you appear on the other side of life. 
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However, no matter the kind of life you live here on earth; whether you're the richest, the most influential or celebrated youth; if you are not reconciled to the One who created you, your existence is a colossal waste to your Creator. Religion cannot take you to God, men created it; the only person that can lead you to God is Jesus Christ. Have you accepted Him as your Lord and personal savior?
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Unfortunately, going to church doesn't make Him your personal savior unless you have a personal relationship with Jesus with the evidence of an old and a new life. Would you like to accept Jesus or rededicate your life back to God? Would you seek counsel on how to make your youthful life useful to God and your generation? Kindly inbox me and I will pray with you. 
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God bless you! 
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© Oluwamayowa Adeniyi 2017

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