Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
The Lord has blessed our Youth Weekend. We have had some good services and heard some good preaching.
Unfortunately it is in our nature that things which seem very important at the moment are soon forgotten. It is no coincidence that the world is so good at distracting us from the things that we learn at church and turning our attention to the things that draw us away from God rather than to him. Therefore we must struggle to keep God in our minds at all times and in all seasons.
It is vitally important that in that season of life which we call our youth that we remember the Lord. Remembering him is not having the occasional good thought about him. It is not praying when we are in church or occasionally inviting a friend to church. It is, as Brother David Leslie put is so well, striving to be holy because God is Holy. It is, as Brother Brad Hicks told us thinking of the consequences of our actions and making sure we are not deceived by the world.
The two sermons we have heard so far are very much tied together. Holiness is no accident. We do not wake up one morning and suddenly find ourselves holy. We must weigh the consequences of our actions and put the deceptions of the world out of our minds and seek to find the truth. Then we must determine to live it not matter what the consequences mean.
One can do that, and should, in every season of life whether you are old or young. But the benefits, or consequences as Brother Hicks put it, of doing so at a young age are beyond measure. Imagine all the good you can do young man or young woman if you determine today to do what Joshua did in the Old Testament, and serve the Lord. How many of your family members (even your own children if the Lord blesses you to have some in the future) might be affected by your holy life if you serve him. How many might get saved?
This is not to say living a holy life is easy. It is not. And there will be times when you come short. But keep aiming for the mark.
There are a couple of habits that can make it easier. I encourage you, I beg you, to make them part of your life. They will be a foundation for holy living.
First, learn at an early age to make prayer one of your best friends. Pray without ceasing! Morning, noon and night talk to the Lord. And listen to him. Second, make the word of God your constant companion. Get out the good book and read it. If you do these two things your life will change for the better.