A Christian teen faces a difficult challenge in a secular high school. But with the power of the Holy Spirit, it is possible.
Dylan and Emily sat at a table in the food court. This was their last practice run for the presentation they would make after lunch. Dylan would defend overscheduling as a way to get into good colleges and receive scholarships. Emily planned to defend the other side saying kids need more free time in their lives.
Dylan stacked his notes and leaned back in the chair. “I think we’re ready, Em.”
Emily fiddled with her note cards. “Dylan, I wish I could be like you. You’re busy, but never seem stressed. You’ve told me it’s because of your faith, but I’ll never be good enough to be accepted by Jesus. He’d look at my past and say, ‘Next,’ as he waved me to the losers’ side.”
“You don’t have to be good to be a Christian. All you have to do is accept Christ’s offer of salvation and begin a relationship with him.”
“I’m sorry, Dylan, but I think you’ve got it all mixed up. All that junk in my past will disqualify me. Even if I get it together starting today—which I can’t—I still have a history.”
“But, Emily, don’t you see? We get a totally fresh start when we accept Christ.”
“I want to see that in print. Don’t you have a Bible on your phone?”
Dylan pulled his phone out of his pocket and opened the Bible app. He scrolled until he found the verse he wanted. “Here it is, Em. Listen to this. ‘This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!’” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT) Dylan looked up at Emily. His eyes danced as if this were his first encounter with the truth of the Good News.
“Don’t you see, Emily? You get a clean slate. It’s in Second Corinthians 5 if you want to read it later. Every time I read that I am blown away.”
An Authentic Christian Teen Reads the Bible
One of the most important things a Christian teen can do to be authentic before his peers is to know God’s Word. It was obvious to Emily when Dylan found the Biblical answer for her specific need that he had studied Scripture. Emily saw that Dylan was so passionate about living as a Christian teen that he was willing to study the Operator’s Manual. That kind of blazing hot Christianity is noticed, and most non-Christians will want to know more about a faith with that kind of committed followers.