The Challenge to be Obedient

"Faithness First" an activity by the Northwest District United Methodist Youth Fellowship, Quezon City Annual Conference held at the Puno United Methodist Church. The activity aimed to emphasize the value of spiritual wellness among the youth. If they want to be physically fit, they should also strive to be spiritually fit.

Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when you shall say, “I have no pleasure in them”…   Ecc. 12:1

This is a call to young people to remember the Lord in their young years.

Solomon intimates to young people that they should not be too overzealous about the great things that they would like to achieve; that the satisfaction of their whims has become the center of their concern as if it is all that matters. Solomon is saying that they should listen to one who has been there before and such vanity gives no real joy especially towards the end of life because true satisfaction and joy comes only with the right relationship with God through faith.

It is also Solomon’s antidote against the sinful passion of youth, the love of mirth, and the indulgence to sensual pleasures. Solomon encourages young people to “Remember thy Creator “as they go on with their lives so that they could estrange themselves from sinful living. Remember God, remember His commands and live by them (Psalm 119:9).

We are all better off than Solomon has been. He has experienced the goodness, the love and the power of God but he has not witnessed the love of God in Christ. When we remember God, we remember Christ who has died on the cross for you and me.

Solomon also said, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.” In the original Hebrew, the phrase “in all your ways acknowledge him” is more literally “in all your ways know him”. It is obedience in action. It implies more than reverence, more than just nodding to God’s command. It means knowing him by living closely to Him.

Make listening to God your lifestyle.

In Conclusion:

Behave concerning your ways; be responsible in your duties and obedient in faith.