This week we are examining the idea of “Multiple Me’s” in our lives—in other words, the battle to live consistently. Two youth leaders shared their stories of what it was like to try on different identities in junior high and high school and the temptations that came with that to live differently during the week then on Sunday at church.
In our small groups, we built our conversation on 2 Timothy 4:3-8, words from the Apostle Paul to his protégé Timothy. These words—written while Paul sat in a Roman prison—remind of us his consistency, faithfulness, and commitment as a follower of Jesus, and the impact he had on so many people’s lives. Paul wasn’t a perfect guy, but he was committed to consistently honoring, obeying, and pointing people toward God.
Young teenagers are beginning to recognize the struggle of acting a certain way at church, but living differently when they are at school or with friends. Many students really want to live for God but just don’t know how to have Jesus be a part of their daily life at home, at school, on the team, or in life’s daily circumstances.
We encouraged our teenagers to recognize the value of choosing to life a consistent life for God. This path isn’t always easy, but God will honor their efforts and give them strength along the way. As they choose to live consistently, people will notice—and might be eager to find out more about Jesus because of your students’ decision not to have “Multiple Me’s.”
As you talk with your teenager about this week’s lesson, here are some questions you might want to ask:
- What are some of the challenges to remaining faithful and consistent as a follower of Jesus? What are some especially specific situations that make it difficult?
- What do you think is the difference between perfection, which we can’t achieve, and consistency and integrity, which God wants to see in our lives?
- Why might a consistent life point your friends toward Jesus? How is a consistent life an effective demonstration of Jesus and his love?
Your teenager might appreciate knowing that you tried out different activities and identities - they might be surprised! Share with them the challenges they created for you and how you have have worked at being consistent in following Christ (remember none of us are perfect).
Have an awesome week!