Open Heavens Devotional: YOUTH: HOW DECENT? – Saturday, June 30, 2012 By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 1 Timothy 4:16
Read: 1 Timothy 4:12-16
Bible in One year: Psalms 70-72
If you will be relevant in God’s plan for the last days, you must totally discard this end time instant gratification bug. Today, many students are after instant education. Obtain your degree now! This is why education standards are falling in Nigeria universities and tertiary institutions. We have to return to core values in our educational system. Too much emphasis is being place on certificates. It is not all about certificate. Anybody can buy one from the shelf of fraudsters and call himself or herself a graduate. The certified must prove by their performance and character that they earned the paper they carry. If they cannot prove this, it is most likely that certificate was stolen. Let us return to the era of merit. Let us go back to adopting true, healthy value system that can move us forward.
God is not happy with half-baked people. If the Disciples of Christ were half-baked, we would have completely lost the essence of Christianity by now. Speaking to the youthful pastor Timothy, Paul admonished him to attend to reading, exhortation and to doctrine (1 Timothy 4:13). God still wants you to pay attention to studying the Word of God and reading books to develop yourself. Youths are expected by God to be examples to their nation in word, life-style, love, spirit, faith and in purity. As a youth, your dressing should show that you are not conforming with the world. Your clothes must be right. Your hair must be trimmed and combed. No wearing of dread locks. No sagging- allowing your trousers to drop to reveal your pant. That is madness! No miniskirts or undue exposure of what should be covered as a lady. Be decent. You are a youth for Jesus so remember to stay different in order to glorify God.
Get your basics right. As a Christian youth, you must not bring shame to the Lord because of half-baked education.