This is point number two in a three point lesson I’ll be giving to a rowdy crowd of teens on Sunday. You might want to start by reading point one first. Click here for that post.
Second, Your school is holding you back.
And not in the ways that you might think. Not because they teach evolution, or because there is no prayer in schools, but because they don’t expect enough from you. You are all victims of low expectations.
Your teachers and principles are used to dealing with kids: kids who goof off, kids who don’t do their homework, kids who get into fights and pick on other kids. They are so used to dealing with kids they don’t realize that you are adults, that you are capable of great things, and that you are meant for more than what they try to prepare you for.
And, again, it is not because you have bad teachers and principles. It is because, first of all, many of them don’t know better, and second, because they are not allowed to hold you to higher standards. They are not really allowed to teach you that God is the most important subject in the history of the world. They are not allowed to teach you that the Bible is the best book you can ever read. They teach you stuff that is important, but that is not nearly as important as living like Christ.
So, your school teaches you that the best thing you can do, your goal and purpose in life, is to make good grades so you can get a good scholarship so you can go to college so you can get a high-paying career so you can retire early and then enjoy life. And you need to know that that is a lie.
If that is the best thing this life and your school has to offer, to work, work, work just so you can go to a good college, make lots of money, and retire, then you might as well quit right now. What good will a PhD, a wonderful career, and enjoyable retirement be to you when you die? Or, as Jesus put it in Matthew 16:26, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life (or some versions say soul)?” You see, homework, American History, Algebra, a good college education, a good job, and early retirement are pointless unless you use those things to serve God.
You might be thinking, “How can I use Algebra, or homework, or gym class to serve God?” If that is what you are thinking then you are now on the right track. That is the most important question you can ask. “How can I do this for God?” Not, “how can I get a scholarship, and where can I get the best education, or how can I make the most money?” But, “What can I do with what I have and am doing right now that will have an eternal impact?” “How can I help others get to heaven right now?”
But all your school really expects from you is to sit down, keep your mouth shut, do your homework, make good grades, and stay out of trouble…and maybe later you can do something important, like be President of the USA. And I am telling you that is simply not true. You can do more than any President ever will, and you can do it right now. You can be a warrior for God, if you will learn to serve Him in everything you do, if you will stand up for Christ right now.