It was a delight to see so many of our youth rush forward at the end of the Wednesday Worship Show this week, eager to share what they’d learned during the Pokemon: Fruits of the Spirit series. They’ve been following the series since October and collecting ‘clues” in chapel since last month. Wednesday night, they were able to apply the clues to the drama, enjoying and underlining the essential message about how the love of Jesus makes life sweeter for all who follow Him.

A wonderful aspect of the conversation was their fierce assurance that all the puzzle pieces fit together easily. They understood that Jesus loves them and, if they love Him in return, their reward will be great. How often adults lose sight of the powerful simplicity of God’s love: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved,” Paul and Silas told the jailer. As we discussed with the youth, it’s easy to get distracted by the pursuit of all the things we think will make life more meaningful and more enjoyable, and to lose sight of the ultimate fulfillment of a life lived in Christ.

We have a responsibility to teach the young people in our lives the importance of pursuing a relationship with God before they pursue riches, power, or fame. We also have a responsibility to remind each other of the same priority, for we know how easily we become distracted in our daily struggle to accomplish everything we think we need to do.

The beauty of being in community with other believers is knowing that, should we, in our haste and distraction, drop the puzzle and see it fragment into pieces, we are surrounded by brothers and sisters in faith who will drop to their knees with us. They will help us pick up the pieces and put them together again, with God at the center as He always should be.

Let us give thanks for the young hearts opened to Christ. Let us continue to teach them, and each other, to build their lives around Him, for our salvation and to His glory.

“For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

Romans 10:10