And behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
— Matthew 3:17
Associate Director of Youth Ministries, Kat Bair, says that she is learning how our teenagers need to be called “the beloved, on whom God’s favor rests.”
Teenagers’ core need is the need to know that they are worth your time, that they are enough, and that they are loved. Especially the teenagers at this church; I don’t know if you know any of them, but they are relentlessly accomplishment-driven — and unbelievably busy. For many of them, nothing is ever enough. For many of them, they are never enough.
It’s funny — I think there’s a misconception that the most useful thing we can do for teenagers is to shape them, mold them, and keep them on the straight and narrow . . . But maybe we don’t need to tell them they are broken; we need to tell them that they are loved, regardless. Let the message of the world be their inadequacy and failures; let ours be love. The world will beat them down; we will not. These teenagers need not to be called back to the fold, they need to be called “the beloved.”
Listening to the call of Matthew 3:17, let’s all reflect on what it means to be “a beloved child of God,” no matter what, and join together as a church family to remind our teenagers — and ourselves — of this great truth above all others!