A Wake Up Call to the 20’s and 30’s Generation

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Beloved,

I’m going to come right out and say it:  We are living in a critical hour in the body of Christ and too many young married couples are playing house with their spouse when they should be crying out for fresh fire as the days grow dire! Too many single young adults are busy with their careers, peers, and drinking beers rather than walking in identity, destiny, and intensity pursuing Jesus Christ.

Oh how my heart and soul weep over the once hot and fiery furnaces who got married  in their 20’s and by their 30’s are carrying a mere flickering wick! We have worshipped the gifts that God has given us (OUR CHILDREN INCLUDED) and turned them into gods and we must repent swiftly and decisively so that times of refreshing may come upon us. (Acts 3:19)

Young adult, who hasn’t been hurt by the church? Who hasn’t trusted in a man or woman and had their heart crushed? Your excuses for why you no longer attend church are not only sinful (Hebrews 10:25), but you are robbing yourself of the mighty inheritance and riches that you have in Christ Jesus! (Ephesians 1:11)

What has happened to holiness? Where are the forerunners who are alert , watching, and waiting for the coming of the Son of man? (Matthew 24:42) Where are the young married couples who are committed to raising kids as consecrated and dedicated unto the Lord rather than drunk on video games and entertainment? It’s time to stop waiting 10 years to have kids so you can live the American dream and preserve your selfishness as your bank account grows and commit yourself to the greatest purging and blessing you have ever known.

Can we have a moment of sobriety here? The primary reason young married couples are refusing to have children these days and “waiting” is because they have believed a fundamental lie from the pit of hell and it’s simply this:  that children are a burden and not a blessing! (Psalm 127:3)

Isn’t this very concept steeped in trying to protect our lifestyle’s rather than growing up and sacrificing for a change? Sacrifice? What’s sacrifice? Yet another word that has altogether been wiped out among most of the 20’s and 30’s generation. Apparently, sitting on our behinds and collecting a welfare check while we play video games all night is what it means to be a thriving young adult in our culture? I say it’s time to get out of the stupid room and get over our “Peter Pan never-never land syndrome” and get a job and quit living off of mom and dad.

How many more young adults in their 20’s and 30’s are going to utter the phrase, ” An 8 to 5 job just doesn’t work for me.” This entitled and pathetically lazy mindset is what is killing off a generation of creativity and innovation all because we would rather have handouts from mom and dad than hand-carve our futures with the sweat of our brows and the blisters on our own hands!

Since when has the word “community” meant a bunch of insecure young adults and young married couples getting together finding identity in sharing a few beers and dressing alike? For pete sake, how many more flat bill hat, tattooed, tank top preachers are going to create a following that looks exactly like them and originality, authenticity, and creativity have been traded in for compromise and complacency? The only biblical community I see in the book of Acts chapter 2 is thousands of people sacrificing everything that they have and their source of identity flows from Jesus Christ and Him alone. What bonded them together was their tight knit relationship with Christ, not their lack of commitment and distaste with the church.

Finally, is anyone else tired of going to a funeral of yet another 20’s and 30’s generation and walking away thinking: How many more funerals can I attend where the preacher has to guess if the person went to heaven or hell because they got saved at 12 in kids church, never really had an encounter with the living God, and now in their drunkenness or drug overdose we have to ease our consciouses with hoping the best or calling them angels that we will see when we get to heaven? Who’s to say you and I are going to heaven? For individuals to  habitually and continually live in unrepentant sin is not getting them into heaven. Period. It doesn’t matter what you tell yourself at night or in the morning.  (Romans 6:1-14)

And before all hell breaks loose and I get labeled another judgmental doomsday whack job, let me encourage you that I am giving my life as a leader and pastor to see the 20’s and 30’s generation get set on fire for Jesus Christ. The days of maturing and growing up are upon us and we need to recognize who we are in Christ and the example that we can set to those around us. Principles in the current 20’s and 30’s generation have run against my deepest convictions and I will not let my silence become my sin any longer.

I would rather get labeled as radical and judgmental on earth, than to come under judgment and correction from the Lord because I refused to say anything because I didn’t want to ruffle any feathers or come off as upset. Truth be told, I’m more than upset. I’m devastated. My heart is breaking for so many in this hour that have mighty destinies and callings, but are refusing to say yes to consecration and holiness  because they are still living for themselves. It’s time to stop running from the offense of the cross and accept it. Jesus did not bear a cross so we who are young don’t have to. Jesus bore a cross to show us how to carry ours! (Luke 9:23-25)

I’m so over all the older saints doing everything in the church. You’re tired and burned out at 27 and you don’t have any kids? Brother or sister, the guy opening up the church who is nearly 65,  works 50 plus hours a week, and has more responsibility than you can image still serves God with a cheerful heart and see’s coming to church as a privilege not a right.. Oh and his wife has been faithfully praying for revival for 40 years. Her tears have paved the way for anything God is doing inside of you right now. 

The days are drawing near where young adult believers and young married couples are going to recognize that they are simply foreigners and strangers upon the earth, (1 Peter 2:11) a generation just passing through,  men and women who were not created for earthly pleasure. The biblical truth is that we were created to enjoy the eternal delight and pleasure of God that is found only at His right hand. (Psalm 16:11) The future will be full of young people more excited about the presence of God than the world cup, what’s in style, and who had the latest affair…again.

May God give us grace to wake up, recognize our sin, repent of it, and make radical commitments to Christ-likeness in this hour. The further the 20’s and 30’s generation moves from the truth, the more they will despise and hate those who speak it. Who better to stand up and declare it than someone living as one.

The Unknown Dreamer,

Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah has a very dynamic and unusual ministry because he not only travels nationally and internationally as a prophetic minister , but also planted and is on the eldership team at Heart of the Father Ministry in Lakeland, FL full time. (www.hotfmlakeland.com) This is a thriving community of believers committed to revival, awakening, and character transformation on a daily basis.
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