And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. ~ Luke 7:14
Many parents get perplexed with their teens: teen pushback, teen peer pressures, teen performance, and teen perspective. Mark Twain said that when a child turns age 12, put him into a barrel, cap it, put a hole large enough on the top of the cap to feed him, and keep him in there until he turns age 18. Kidding aside, teens are a challenge to raise, but are still very loved. Let us see a mother whose teen son experienced a teen revival.
We see a lad.
He was a young man, the only son of his mother. His father passed away years before. She was a single mother raising this young man. I believe this son and mother had a close mother-and-son relationship. He made ends meet to help her. He took responsibility of trying to care for their needs as a family. He was a young man growing up without a father. Young men need to feel a sense of responsibility for their family as they become a teen. They should aspire to do house chores and help their mother with manual projects. They should make house projects their responsibility. Most importantly, they should not in any way break their mother’s heart.
We see a loss.
This man passed away of a sudden illness. What a sad day that was! There was a mourning loss. A procession of people accompanied his mother as his body was being carried out in a coffin to be buried. All who were in this processional felt the loss and mourned. There was a mother’s loss. No one felt the loss more than this mother. It was a blow when she lost her husband, but now she had lost her son. There was the feeling of loneliness. There was the fear of financial struggle. This mother was facing a grievous loss.
We see the Lord.
“And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.” Jesus came into the city of Nain at the time the funeral procession was heading outside the gate. Jesus is always there when we need Him. Jesus had compassion on this mother. What an encouragement that Jesus cares about us when there is a loss. He told her to weep not. Jesus came at the right time and took control of a sad and difficult situation. Moms and dads, when you are perplexed, remember that Jesus is there to encourage you when you are hurting.
We see a life.
“And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.” First, Jesus touched the bier. Let Jesus touch the lid and challenges that are holding your teen back. Let Him come into your situation and take control. Second, Jesus spoke to the young man and told him, “Arise.” Every teen needs to be at a place of stillness and teachableness, listening to the voice of God. Teen revival starts when you hear Jesus’ voice and obey Him. There is no revival apart from an obedient and submissive attitude. Then, the young man spoke. Teen revival makes a quickened teen loving, lively, and loquacious. This mother and her son enjoyed open, genuine, and loving conversations. They said, “I love you,” “I am sorry,” and “I need you” over and over. This young man had a revived life. We all need revival in our families when there is a breakdown and things start to die out. Let Jesus touch the life of every family member, hear His voice to arise, and begin to enjoy a revival in your home.
Have a revived God Morning!
Bible Reading: John 13-15