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Weekly Devotionals

Are You Like A Middle Schooler?

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. – 1 John 3:1

2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. – Matthew 18:2-5

For the past two months I have been serving in our JYM middle school ministry while pastor Ryan has been away. This past Sunday was my last Sunday with them and I have been blessed so much and here is one of the many things I am walking away with.

First thing that I was reminded of is how precious our middle school students are. Yet I could not help but to feel as though they are misunderstood.

Whether you agree or disagree with me, if you are able to look back at your middle school days, you probably can agree that it was not the easiest time in terms of figuring out your identity.

I still remember being in middle school myself and going through these phases where I am trying to reinvent my elementary self to seem cooler or to be more accepted. Also I remember phases where I was confused about what is socially accepted and trying to figure out where I belong in the various social circles and altering myself depending on what circle I was in.

Now, let us stop for a second right here. How many of us feel like a middle schooler in our spiritual journey?

Struggling with our identity as a Christian. Trying to figure out what it means to be a Christian. How to behave like a Christian amongst Christians and non-Christians whether at home, work, or a church.

To these questions, I believe we can all be reminded that our identity lies in Jesus Christ, and thanks to his work on the cross, we are called children of God.

I believe we can learn from the middle schoolers in terms of their innocence and humility where they are open about their curiosity of the world around them and are not afraid to ask questions and explore the answers on how we can navigate through difficult phases and questions on how to live a life as a Christian.

I want to invite you to be intentional about some questions you may have this week by turning to the Lord in reading the Bible and in prayer asking him for wisdom, discernment, and strength as you navigate through your daily life in figuring out what it means to live a gospel-centered life. I pray that different opportunities will present themselves to you where you will be able to live out your identity as a Christian this week.