Last week a friend of mine asked me to speak to his high school small group. They are all seniors and I was asked to give my testimony and I put together a short lesson on putting your trust in God and not in yourself. I was half way through my talk when one of the guys asked a question and talked a little bit about his life and something he had gone through.
The more he talked the more I realized that in order to answer his question and talk about his situation I had to change-up what I was prepared to talk about. Although not completely off the topic of trusting God, I changed what I was talking about and begin explaining to them something that in my own life had taken me a while to understand.
To say a complete “Yes” to Jesus means you have to say “No” to some other things.
That can be especially hard for students who have a daily barrage of peer pressure thrown at them. It means saying no to things that modern culture tries to tell us are okay. I told them that if you have said a complete and total “yes” to God then you have to say a complete and total “no” to alcohol and drugs and premarital sex just to name a few. It means setting and keeping boundaries in your life. If you’re going to call yourself a Christian that means you need to live your life that way, and not just for a couple of hours a week when you’re at church but all the time, even when no one is looking. As leaders we need to model this for students.
I left feeling like my talk was a little big disjointed and all over the place because I had changed up the topic halfway through. Later in the week I saw my friend who leads that group and he thanked me and told me that I had set an awesome tone for their group for this year. A couple of the students in that group saw me on Saturday and told me that after I left some of the guys had opened up about some stuff that needed to come out in the open and guys had asked for help from the others in the group.
I had planned to talk on one topic, but God knew I needed to talk on another topic. What I thought was awkward and disjointed turned out to be exactly what they needed to hear that night. I love when God does stuff like that!