“Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ.” Luke 4:41 

"He would not let them speak...because they knew who He was."  

Wow! Knowing who Jesus is does not qualify someone to speak on His behalf.  This is why we so carefully look at a kid’s life for evidence that they are living a life of victory in Christ, before we let them share his or her testimony at club or at camp.  Also it is a very important reason why our leaders should stress discipleship and the highest fellowship in Jesus Christ.  It is vital to teach and demonstrate all the basics such as quiet time, Bible study (HAND illustration, scripture memory), deepening fellowship, prayer, fasting and witnessing.  These kids are "witnessing" all the time if they are known as followers of Jesus.  It is no wonder many kids aren't drawn to Christ by watching those that go around with the name of "Christians."  You and I know that the greatest draw to Young Life and Jesus Christ is kids growing in Jesus Christ and living for Him.  I remember going to club in high school and listening to the talk about Jesus and looking at Fritz Walker and Pucky Hartwig, two seniors who invited me to club as a sophomore.  There was something I really liked about them.  Club is the place where they can see, feel, and hear Jesus Christ through the Christian kids, leaders, songs and message.  This is living!  But do not let a person who says he or she is a Christian but does not live in Him or for Him. ‘speak on His behalf’.  Do not let them speak just because they know who Jesus is.

Show me a club that is leading lots of kids to Jesus Christ and my bet is that there are lots of kids in that club living for Jesus Christ and led by leaders living wonderfully for Jesus Christ. I would follow those leaders anywhere.

Chuck Reinhold

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