Seeking Affirmation in This World

I was speaking with a young man the other day who used to attend our church. He never attended faithfully, but just sort of showed up from time to time for a little while until he eventually quit coming altogether. I didn’t just let him go without a fight. I tried every way possible to be a good pastor and go after him. Nothing availed. I’m still praying for him regularly that he’ll come back to the Lord and to church. I’ve been thinking about our phone conversation and there’s been one prevailing theme I’ve noticed in his life and the lives of many of America’s young men: seeking affirmation in this world. So many of our young men (and women) are too caught up in the “here and now.” They’ve taken their eyes OFF of Jesus Christ and are looking to this sinful world. They have a distorted view of reality and priorities that are totally out of sync. They seek affirmation through their jobs. They strive to impress “Bossman So-and-So” and throw Jesus on the back burner. By building relationships at work and climbing the corporate ladder (or whatever ladder they climb) they find meaning and a sense of importance. If they only realized how important they are to God. Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m thankful for people who have a desire to work and be productive. We need more people who have the conviction to get off the couch and do something. But if impressing people on your job is your way of finding your place and feeling like you are “somebody” then let me remind you that you have a soul that is worth more than this entire world and all of its riches…….for Jesus said, “What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” I’m praying that our young adults will refocus and get their eyes back on the Lord and serve him. When you do that, you’ll likewise work for your employer as if he/she were Jesus Christ, and the blessings you’ll reap from the Lord are unimaginable. Young adults, I say to you today……don’t seek your confirmation in this world. That desire you feel to have someone say, “He’s a good worker” is only natural. We all probably feel that way and I’m not saying it’s wrong. But if God is not the main part of your life, those words will only stimulate your flesh. I don’t know who will read this, but if this post describes you, start refocusing today. Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus.

Love in Christ,

Pastor Vern

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