Dare To Be Different: Becoming A Certain Kind Of Youth

In a world that often pressures us to conform to societal norms and expectations, it can be challenging to stand out as a Christian. However, as followers of Christ, we are called to be different, to become a certain kind of people who will never bow down to or compromise with the systems of this world. Being a certain kind of youth typically refers to embodying specific qualities, traits, and characteristics that align with one’s goals and aspirations. This is where you allow yourself to be set apart from the world and live according to the principles of the Kingdom of God. The possessing-the-nations agenda mandates everyone to influence his or her sphere with the values and principles of the Kingdom of God. As youth who have been unleashed into various areas of life, it is our mandate to make Christ popular once again in our generation.

We live in a generation where wickedness, corruption, and other social vices have taken deep root, especially among the youth. Truth has now been compromised, and “whateverism” has become the order of the day. If you listen to or watch the news or visit various social media platforms, you will discover that the level of wickedness, corruption, immorality, and evil being perpetrated in high places is growing unabated. As a matter of fact, being referred to as a believer is no longer fashionable in some quarters because crookedness and perversion are fast eroding Christian values that certain people have been known for and are used to. This is why tongue-speaking, professing Christians must arise and dare to be different. The “Christian brand” must be evident wherever you find yourself.

As technology continues to advance, the majority of the youth spend more time in the virtual space. This includes social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter. Though these platforms have positive effects, such as allowing individuals to conduct research, connect with new friends, communicate with others, and access information, some, in the pursuit of validation, acceptance, and popularity in the virtual world, engage in deceptive and immoral practices. Becoming a certain kind of youth with a difference implies allowing your light to shine in the virtual world as well. Understand that whatever you post reflects your personality and identity. You need to ask yourself if Christ would have made that post.

As a Christian youth, always bear in mind that your identity is rooted in your relationship with Christ. You are called to live a life of purpose, love, and righteousness. Rather than conforming to the patterns of this world, we are called to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, living lives that reflect Christ.

According to Orrin Woodward, “You can never make any difference until you dare to be different.” This implies that you must make a conscious effort to dare to stand out in the midst of perversity. In a society that often values conformity and uniformity, standing out can be intimidating and challenging. However, as a Christian, you are called to be “a light unto the world” (Matthew 5:14), shining brightly in the darkness and pointing others toward the love and truth of Christ. By daring to be different, you have the opportunity to impact those around you and bring glory to God.

Furthermore, daring to be different as a Christian can be daunting, especially in a culture that often ridicules or dismisses faith and values that are contrary to its own. You will definitely face challenges such as fear, rejection, judgment, or persecution for your beliefs, values, and principles, which can cause you to shrink back or hide your light under a bushel. However, God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

In conclusion, let us remember the words of Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Dare to be different as a Christian, and may your life be a testimony of the transformative power of Christ in you.

Written by Pastor Prince Augustine Ababio (Jema Nkwanta District – Kintampo Area)

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