Last Thursday we ran part one of this post. We asked the question, “Are your students seekers of Christ or do they just follow the crowd?”
“Now seek the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.” – 1 Chronicles 22:19
How do you tell who is a seeker and who is a follower in your group? One way is to see which students don’t show up for small group or for church when their friends are not going to be there. They might be coming just to socialize with their friends. That’s not entirely a bad thing, they are still coming to church or to small group, but they won’t grow in their faith if that’s the primary reason they come. I’ve also discovered that the more a student is seeking Christ, the more involved they are in small group time and the more they participate. Even the ones who are normally quiet will get more involved in the discussion as they begin to seek Jesus more and more.
When you’re seeking Christ you look for him everywhere in your life, not just in your time at church. One of the best ways to turn students into “seekers of Christ” is to get them in the habit of having a daily quiet time. Time reading their Bible and time in prayer and time to listen for God in their life. I know for me a daily quiet time makes all the difference in the world. If I go a couple of days without a quiet time I feel it, I start feeling disconnected.
Service projects are another way to turn your students into seekers of Christ. We show our love for Christ by showing our love for each other by serving. Find a service project that is just right for your group. What works for one group might not work for another group.
I watch my students during worship time on the weekends. Are they just standing there or are they singing and participating during worship songs. I love to watch students worship way more than adults. Students who are really seeking God in their hearts are not afraid or ashamed to sing and sing loud!
Once you turn your students into seekers, do not sit back and think your job is done…it’s just beginning! Find studies and lessons that challenge them, find ways to grow and stretch them. Also ask yourself, am I a seeker or just a follower? Really think that out. Students often emulate what they see, if they see you seeking Christ with all your heart they will also! Above all, hang in there and don’t give up. Sometimes we are just planting a seed in a student’s mind and God is going to grow that seed at a later time.
Are you doing all you can to help your students seek Christ in all areas of their lives?