It is my hope this letter strengthens and encourages you. Think of yourself now while reading this letter as the apple of God’s eyes. God loves you so much, more than you can ever think or imagine. He has given us everything in His beloved Son Jesus, who fights for us, advocates for us, cries with us, celebrates with us and understands everything we face and go through in life. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15). You were created by God and for God, and until you embrace this truth, life will never make sense to you. You are God’s dream; God’s idea, God only has good dreams and ideas. He perfectly proportioned you to fit in His plans to bring change in this generation for His glory. Don’t even believe or accept the lies that you are too young to be used by God to change the world. God uses anyone no matter how young or who they are, as long they are available for Him. Don’t let the enemy deceive you that you are not qualified to be used by God; God doesn’t call the qualified or equipped, He qualifies and equips the called.
There are two kinds of people, those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ And those to whom God says, alright then have it your way. We must live a surrendered life, a lifestyle that pleases God and Him alone. It was a desire of Jesus to do what pleases the Father and to do His will.
I love the way a friend described the surrendered life: “The surrendered life is a life with Jesus at the center of every aspect of your life. All personal dreams and ambitions have been completely discarded to serve and follow the Father’s plan. The surrendered life is a choice to follow in Jesus footsteps and live every moment to fulfill God’s will on this earth. It’s following Him anywhere, anytime, at any cost to do anything.”
Surrender is simply acknowledging that Christ has ransomed us at an infinite cost and we owe Him our entire lives. Surrender is awakening to the reality that I belong to God and He is so worthy and so holy that He deserves my complete attention. He alone deserves all of my affection in life. My every thought, word and action must be fixed on Him continually. Surrender is something only God can empower us to do through partnership with the Holy Spirit. When we submit, we “give in,” keeping the focus on ourselves. When we surrender, we “give up,” putting the focus on God where it belongs.
Solomon, right now you’re a youth that is all about worldly things even though you go to church; you think of yourself as a Christian, but your lifestyle shows that you’re not. God’s business is not a priority in my life. You’re living a life glorifying sports and parties. You’re troubled, broken, lonely, angry, and wild. Be thankful today that God has never given up on you. We can’t always think God will be around waiting for us all the time, the best time to give our lives to Him is now. Tomorrow might be too late.
There is a great reward in Heaven for those who lived a life that pleased God and a reward for those who did not. Heaven is a real place and so is hell! God doesn’t send people to hell, people send themselves to hell due to a lifestyle that does not please or glorify God.
You might be a youth living life in the world like I once did. Maybe you’re into heavy partying, in a gang, into drugs, or doing something that you know in your heart is wrong. I want to encourage and challenge you to give it all up to God, and pursue the life He has for you. God can turn your life around if you let Him. Broken things become blessed things, when you let God do the mending. God has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Opened yourself up to what God could do in your life. God specializes in second chances, in new beginnings, in comebacks. He wants us to trust Him and to have a heart of obedience.
You are loved, cared for, and audaciously being pursued by a loving God who never leaves nor forsakes us. Jesus is a promise keeper and He has said in His word, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
~ Solomon Davies