Written by: Willbert Kinnear, pastor at Unite180
Article source: JOY! Magazine

In a world fraught with uncertainties, the emerging generation finds itself at the crossroads of unprecedented challenges and staggering pressure. As they navigate societal expectations and personal aspirations, they seem to carry a heavy burden – not just of academic or career success, but increasingly on mental well-being and spiritual resilience. Studies on Gen Z have shown that more than 50% of this generation expresses fear and anxiety about the future. Many carry a “spirit of heaviness” as they grapple with questions of purpose and meaning in a world that often feels devoid of hope for them.

Biblical wisdom
Solomon, in his wisdom, spoke of a time for every season – a reminder that it’s not natural to be so young and burdened with such concerns. Our hope in God should be set in our hearts from the days of our youth (Psa 71:5). Yet, in this digital age where negative information bombards young people from all sides, overwhelmingly portraying a bleak and apocalyptic future, it’s no wonder they feel the weight of the world on their shoulders.

The Church’s role
Amidst these stormy seas, however, there shines a glimmer of hope – a rising faith-filled generation that refuses to be defined by the prevailing narrative of despair. They see past the clouds of oppression and anchor their souls in faith. Here the Church should be pivotal. However, when pool tables, volleyball courts, and entertainment are predominant where young people gather, it fails in providing an answer. When these are replaced by Spirit-filled worship and undiluted preaching and teaching of the Word, the Church fulfils its purpose and becomes a place where these truths can be found. When there is a display of God’s power and the outpouring of His Spirit, there is a rekindling of that youthful hope that the world wants so desperately to take away.

Transparency and honesty
Rising on the prayers of a previous generation, young people are returning to the Church, and are encouraging others to do so too. This generation flourishes on truth and a display of His Kingdom. They easily accept order, structure, and authority when they sense transparency and honesty. They become effective witnesses to His Kingdom (Acts 1:8) as they readily move with the power of God upon their lives and are not ashamed to share it.

The future leaders
For them, faith is no longer just a passive belief that waned in the distance, but now an active trust in a God who holds the future in His hands. They are increasingly hopeful, praying for more believers to be added across churches in this nation and fuelled by the support of those who walked before them. They realise that Jesus is still the answer today, as He has always been, and are raising their hands to stand as leaders in building the Kingdom.

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Date published: 29/05/2024
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