A student gives his life to Jesus. Now what? That’s where we as leaders need to really step up our game. I have a high school small group of 16 freshman guys and some of them have just recently given their lives to Christ and are new believers. I want to help them grow in their faith and really dedicate their lives to God so here’s what I’ve been doing or plan to do:
- Greatly encouraging them to make time for a quiet time with God every day. I’ve told them to find a time that works best for them; morning, afternoon or night. I don’t think the time matters as much as making sure you make time for God every day. For myself I’m a morning person and it works much better for me to start my day with prayer and Bible reading, the days I miss a quiet time I feel disconnected and like something is missing. I want to encourage them to not just read God’s word but really get into it and understand what the scriptures are saying.
- Have them realize that saying yes to God means saying no to some other things in life. I want them to know that once they become believers and give their lives to Christ they need to be an example to others. The Apostle Paul stresses this in many of his letters, we are now the “light” to others, our actions either make others want to become Christians or our actions make a joke of Christianity.
- I have freshman guys so I haven’t talked much about this next area, but I want to stress the importance to them to find girlfriends who are also believers and to put Jesus in the center of their relationship. Students get too caught up in each other and suddenly the whole world revolves around their girlfriend/boyfriend and they lose their connection with God. When you put God first in the relationship it strengthens and grows the relationship.
- Serve. Students needs to recognize and develop their spiritual gifts and use those gifts to serve others. Serving helps others but it also helps you grow stronger in your faith.
- Spread the news. Don’t keep Jesus to themselves, but instead talk to their friends about what the decision have made and why. Christianity is a gift that is made to be shared not kept to yourself.