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Religion’s place in a millennial’s world is uncertain.
In 2010, the Pew Research Center found that millennials were the least religious age group in the nation. But much more recently, a survey by the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University found that 62 percent of respondents — 2,000 millennial men and women — said they talk to God, while 52 percent look for religion overall.
On Faith’s Corrie Mitchell even offered five churchy phrases that millennials would like to hear. And that goes with us thinking about Bible passages that apply to young people in general.
Here are 10 Bible verses that young people can not only understand, but also learn from:
Timothy 4:12 — “Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Young people are in search of their own role models, but as this quote notes, it’s important for youngsters to start building themselves up as someone worth admiring by others. Having faith, being pure and loving people is what can help you be someone to admire.
Jeremiah 1:4-9 — “The word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’ ‘Ah, Sovereign LORD,’ I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.’ But the LORD said to me, ‘Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the LORD. Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘Now, I have put my words in your mouth.’”
Like the aforementioned survey above, a large portion of millennials are talking to God and looking to Him for help. Being young and inexperienced in life’s teachings doesn’t mean you don’t have a say in what can happen. God also uses young people to accomplish His purposes, and will always be there to back you up in His callings.
Samuel 17:42 — “And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance.”
This comes from the story of David and Goliath, where the little tyke and youngster David slayed the giant Goliath. It shows that no matter the size or strength, it’s possible to tackle even the most intimidating of foes.
Luke 1:26-33 — “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
The Virgin Mary was but a youngling when she first received word that she would be carrying the Son of God with her. Young people continue to face pressures as they grow, and looking to the Virgin Mary for inspiration is not such a bad idea.
Proverbs 1:8-9 — “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.”
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