Pray that the young people would be stirred up in their love for the Lord Jesus and that they would be caught and occupied by God, “wrecked” by Him for His eternal purpose (S. S. 1:2-4a; Matt. 4:18-20).
S. S. 1:2-4a—Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! / For your love is better than wine. / Your anointing oils have a pleasant fragrance; / Your name is like ointment poured forth; / Therefore the virgins love you. / Draw me; we will run after you.
Matt. 4:18-20—And while He was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And He said to them, Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men. And immediately leaving the nets, they followed Him.
The work among the young people, especially the children of the members of the church, is very, very crucial. The wisest way to work with the children is to help them to love the Lord. If you would be a person qualified to work among the young people, you must be a person loving the Lord freshly every day. The junior-high young people, humanly speaking, are lovers. They love many things, such as animals and clothes. The younger you are, the more you love. Junior-high young people are at the best age to be led into the proper love of the Lord. Yet this kind of labor is not very easy, and many of the parents do not have a way to help their children. When you are a person who loves the Lord freshly, you can stir up a young person to love the Lord. Once a young person loves something, he will do everything for it. (CWWL, 1989, vol. 3, “The Exercise and Practice of the God-ordained Way,” ch. 18, pp. 353-354)
Praise the Lord that in the midst of such a situation of ruin, [the Lord] has visited many of us. Many of the young people among us have not only been caught by God but also occupied by Him. They have been “wrecked” by Him. Satan spoils people, but God “wrecks” people. Satan spoils people to make them useless for God’s purpose, but God wrecks people to make them useless for Satan’s purpose, the purpose of loving money and pleasure. Why would so many young people attend the meetings of the church? Why would they not seek sports or entertainment? It is because they are wrecked. Over sixty years ago, I was wrecked by God. I was a very active, ambitious, and somewhat smart young man. However, one day I was wrecked by God. Several times I tried to go back to my old way, but because I was wrecked, I could not make it. We have been caught and occupied by Him. (CWWL, 1975-1976, vol. 1, “Fellowship with the Young People,” ch. 1, pp. 5-6)
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