I Got My Mind Set On You

As a child of the 1980s, this George Harrison song was one of my all-time favorites. But I am realizing its significant spiritual component as this message “setting our minds on” pertains to Jesus Himself.

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When you commit to being a youth leader – a discipler of the next generation – you are signing yourself up for entering into a battle with them of the sins of the flesh. In my experience, the biggest areas of sin and temptation for teens in my context these days, both Christian and non-Christian, are drunkenness, promiscuity, lying, disrespect to parents, cheating, pursuing money above all things, depression, gossip, disillusionment with the church and laziness. If you are a spiritual mentor, you will enter into this arena more than you ever wished.

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I praise God that Jesus, too, entered into such arenas with His own disciples. The grace, patience, intense intercessory prayer, and forgiveness that he extended to Judas, Thomas, John and James, Peter, and Matthew. (I’m sure to others too, but these are the ones I see in Scripture hurting/disappointing Jesus the most.)

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These dear young people are just that – young and immature in Christ. They are newer Christians. They do not have a solid foundation of Scripture; they are not faithful in time with Jesus above all other priorities. They do not spiritually feed themselves in such a way as to protect themselves from the temptations in this world.

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My heart breaks for them. I sit and pray for God to protect them, just like Jesus prayed against Satan when he asked to sift the disciples like wheat (basically to destroy them.)

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter said, “Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you, and even to die with you.” But Jesus said, “Peter, let me tell you something. Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.” Luke 22:31-34

I thank God that His word and promises are so faithful. In my Bible reading today, I came across two similar verses that I am praying, just like Jesus did, for the disciples. We take our example from Him. He is so relevant to TODAY’s YOUTH!

Romans 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

Colossians 3:1-2 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

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God, may our young people transform their minds. May they submerse themselves in the truth of the Bible, so that it becomes easier to say no to sin and yes to You. May they think about life with you in the future that will have practical implication on everything they are doing today. May they see the lies and the emptiness in saying yes to the flesh, leaving us only empty, guilty, unsatisfied. Please, God, intervene radically and rescue them as only You can. Thank you that forgiveness, restoration and repentance are just around the corner at every step. You are so kind! ~ Amen

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