Friday, May 27, 2011

Christians My Own Age

I've been wrestling with what I should do about my non-Christian friends. I've been friends with some of them for years, talked to them about God, read the Bible with them, but they just don't seem interested of affected. It's been wearing on me and I don't know what to do anymore. Do I continue to try to reach them, or do I let them make their own deicions and live how they want to?

I'm at a point in my life where I want to be around Christians my own age. In my church, there's only one other guy my age, and no girls. At school, I'm only friends with one other guy in my grade, and I don't have my girl friends my age either. A lot of my friends are a little younger than me. That's nice and all, but I need Christians my own age.

In my morning devotional, I read part of 1 John. One verse lept off the page: 1 John 2:4 says, "The man who says, "I know Him," but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in Him." I'm thinking maybe that's why I want more close Christian friends: because I'm don't like hanging out with liars! I'm not saying most of my friends say they're Christians but aren't; rather, I'm saying I don't have enough mature Christian friends my own age.

Everyone can agree that we get most excited about something when all of our friends are excited about it. I need more friends that are excited about God! Why? Check out the following verse, 1 John 2:5: "But if anyone obeys His word, God's love is truly made complete in Him..." I want friends in whom God's love is made complete! I want more friends who are excited, passionate, in love with Christ. I thank God for the friends that I already have, but there's a saying: Familiarity breeds contempt. I can't keep hanging out with the same people, over and over again, without some sort of change. I love meeting new people and making new friends, and even more so when I'm befriending strong and mature Christians!

New friends are so much fun. There's nothing like getting to know someone. I pray that God will continue to bless me with Godly friends and to add more soldiers to His Army to fight alongside me. Amen.


Anonymous said...

There was a message I listened to in March about Compassion. The man said we are pretty much to never give up on our reaching out to non-christians and hard to love people. Tough to hear but God commands us to love. I know what you mean about friends, I struggle with the same thing. I've come to grips though with the fact that I probably wont have solid, mature accountability like friends until I get a little older... college. I have one really godly friend (besides my parents) who is 12 years older than me and lives 7 hours away.We just have to be patient and trust that 1.God is using this season for our sanctification and 2.they will come along eventually. :) Hope you have a great summer!

Essa said...

Hang in there, Logan.
I get thought like that all the time. Jeremiah 29:11 has been a huge comfort. I actually go to a youth group at a church 30 minutes away because I AM the youth group at my church. I only have one close Christian friend at school. I'll pray for you.