5 Questions Every Young Christian Must Ask Themselves.
There’s nothing quite like the excitement of a young Christian who loves the Lord and is on fire to live a life committed to God. But there are a few cautions that young believers should be aware of—things that may be difficult to decipher as the world pulls on their affections.
By being willing to face some tough questions and dig deeper into the Bible for answers, young Christians can be better equipped for the journey ahead.
My prayer is that every young believer will take their faith in Christ very seriously and be willing to ask themselves some hard questions. Here are 10 questions every young Christian must ask themselves.
1. Does God really have a purpose for my life?
Self-dependence and self-discovery are ideas that have risen in the ranks of popularity, to the point of overshadowing God’s divine purpose for each of our lives. But no amount of self-discovery compares with discovering the good, pleasing, and perfect will of the Father. (Hebrews 13:20-21)
Ask yourself: What is God’s purpose for my life? What are my strengths? What gives me motivation to serve God and others?
By making a list of your God-given strengths, you will quickly be able to see that God does indeed have a purpose for your life. And He can’t wait for you to step into that specific role—for His glory and for the edification of the body.
2. Can I pinpoint a time that I actually committed my life to Christ?
“I’ve always been a Christian,” or “My grandma was a Christian, so I must be too,” are statements made more often than you think. Young believers must be honest with themselves and be sure they have made a personal decision to receive Christ as their Savior. (John 1:12)
Ask yourself: Have I personally decided to follow Jesus? Have I accepted Him as the Lord of my life?
Follow through by meeting with a trusted pastor for guidance. Perhaps you will discover that you’ve been depending on someone else’s faith all along. Or, you may sense a tug from the Holy Spirit to recommit your life to God.
3. Are there many ways to heaven?
Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
Unfortunately, the world tells us that there are many paths to heaven and that all religions basically believe in the same God. Be careful of these philosophies that undermine who Jesus is and what He did on the cross.
Ask yourself: Am I certain there is only one way to heaven? Do I have a biblical answer for those who say all religions lead to God?
Consider reading books like The Case for Christ, to help you answer some of those tough questions. And remember, no other religion can claim Jesus’ finished work on the cross, and an invitation to be in a relationship with the Savior of the world.
4. Do I know who God really is?
Being unfamiliar with God’s divine attributes can invite many confusing beliefs and misconceptions. By spending time learning about His characteristics, you will be able to stand firm in “Whom you have believed.” (2 Timothy 1:12)
Ask yourself: If I were to describe God to someone who had never before heard of Him, how would I begin? What important characteristics would I include?
5. Is the Bible my true authority?
The Bible is the inspired word of God and is complete, lacking nothing. But for the young Christian, it may not seem relevant in today’s culture. Keep in mind that by accepting the Bible as your absolute authority, you will be able to decipher the perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)
Ask yourself: Do I doubt the inerrancy of the Scriptures? Why or why not?
Challenge yourself to an in-depth study of ancient discoveries, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The rich and surprising archaeological evidence of the Bible’s manuscripts is not only fascinating, it’s convicting as well.