Last week, we started a discussion on communicating, especially with younger people about sharing the how’s and why’s of your faith. Why is this important? Because every generation needs to learn to share the gospel in a way that “fits” and heard in a way that is understood by their hearers. This does not mean changing the truth, it means communicating in a way that the culture we live in will understand.
I love that Paul clearly defines why it is important that he remains and why it matters to the church in Philippi: “I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith” (Phil. 1:23-25).
Note Paul’s concern for their progress in their faith, but also their joy! Paul expresses one of the key concerns we need to also; to communicate the purpose of our faith.
We must continue to remind each other that we have purpose and are called to live out that purpose every day. Speaking about the purpose God gives to life inspires all of us to follow Jesus into an exciting and adventurous future (1 Peter 2:9).
We are told by numerous surveys that Millennials want what they do to have purpose; they don’t just want a job—they want their job to have meaning. Many members of this demographic, for example, have elected to follow career paths that have a social impact. Inviting millennials into God’s purpose for their lives gives meaning to everything they do.
Many younger people are dreaming big about their future, and they often have to deal with the realization that their dreams don’t always work out. Now those of us with a few years behind our belts could tell them that, but they need to hear and discover it from their peers. They were told growing up that they can do or be anything they want to do or be.
Unfortunately, as many have stepped out into the workforce, they’ve realized that their dreams haven’t always matched up with reality. While purpose speaks to the meaning of what they do, speaking to their dreams casts a vision for their future.
One of my favorite verses to share with young people when talking about their dreams for the future is Eph 3:20, calling us both to remember that we have a God “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
We have bought into the myth that great communicators are born. The reality is that God gifts equip us to make the most of the opportunities He places in front of us. It is our responsibility to steward our giftedness the best we can, and the best communicators steward their giftedness by continually working on their craft.
With God’s grace, we can strive to engage all generations, regardless of age, with the amazing truth of His Word.