Being Useful in Your Youth



  1. Introduction – This is one of the first “lessons” I ever typed up for a Church assembly.  This intro was originally just a few verbal cues to introduce myself and my lesson.   It, like several of my early lessons, are in outline form probably because I was freshly graduated from college and was used to using outlines for studying and writing projects.  Like the title says, this lesson was given before a youth assembly and meant to encourage young people that God has a plan and a place for everyone, regardless of age or station.
  2. Scripture verse – Ecclesiastes 11:9 “Rejoice, O young man, in your youth.  And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgement.  Ecclesiastes 12:1 “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth.”  Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments for this is man’s all.  For God will bring every work into judgement, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”  God made you unique!  You are unlike anyone else.  God wants to use who you are and what you are to do something great for Him!  But remember that one day God will judge us and our works and that we are to honor God with our time and talents.
  3. Knowing God’s word is important to being useful to God.   Spend time getting to know God’s word through Sunday School, Church attendance, Quiet time and personal study.  As you read and study the Holy Spirit will use passages and verses to speak to you in a very real and personal way.  Remember these verses and commit them to memory as personal messages from your Heavenly Father.  An important one for me is Jeremiah 29:11 which says “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Do you have a future and a hope?  If not, let Jesus into your life today.
  4. The message of the cross of Jesus Christ, the Bible and God himself is summed up in one word.  Love.  Love your neighbor as yourself and love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind!  If you commit your life to this type of Love you will never go wrong.
  5. Conclusion – Like the introduction, this was not part of the original typed sheet.  Coming back and reading this 15 or more years later and still being inspired by what God showed me in this little lesson is a neat experience and an encouragement to continue growing and learning.  Thank you Lord, for preparing, teaching and instructing your children out of your Word!