Take a moment and think of King Saul and his dilemma with the Philistine army. The Philistine’s champion, Goliath, stood mocking King Saul’s army and their God. Realizing that they were outnumbered and outmatched, his army looked on at the Philistines in fear. Even Saul, a King, who stood a head taller than any other Israelite (1 Samuel 9:2), was bewildered and scared. A boy by the name of David stepped up and said, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” David, empowered by our Holy God, and armed with only a sling and a rock, was unstoppable as he destroyed their enemy. He changed a Kingdom.
Many young men and women in Northampton, New England, who would by the custom of their day normally marry in their teens, were unable to marry because New England’s fast growing population left little land accessible, preventing the youth from being able to support themselves. The young people, in their late teens, often engaged in idleness, gossip, and sexual sins. They were a lost generation, bewildering to their elders. Enter the great evangelist, Jonathon Edwards, who saw potential in the youth. Edwards targeted their sins in his preaching and many of the youth joined the church, repented of their sins and, out of their deep and sincere love for God, started the Great Awakening of 1734-35. They changed a country.
There were a growing number of underprivileged kids living in Chicago, Illinois in 1857. Most people did not want to deal with children of a lower class, thinking they were beneath them. D. L. Moody thought otherwise; he saw great potential in these young people. Moody’s desire was to reach the “lost” youth of the city, the children with little or no education, less than ideal family situations, and poor economic circumstances. He created a Sunday school for these kids, which soon outgrew its donated space. This Sunday school of “lost” youth was the springboard of the Great Awakening of 1857-58! These kids changed continents.
Right now, there is an army of kids in the D. F., sleeping in the streets tonight. People have written them off, become annoyed with them for attempting to wash their car windows, cursed and scoffed at them… called them dogs. These kids, the “lost” youth of the city, the children with little or no education, less than ideal family situations, and poor economic circumstances, sit waiting for someone to lift them up out of the ashes (I Sam 2:8), and give them a chance. Who will do it? Is it you?
What would happen if Christians, the light of Mexico City, began to pursue these children with God’s love? What would happen if we gathered these young people and loved them powerfully and unconditionally? They would change… they would see the world in a different way. And, just by us honoring God and pursuing these children of the street, we would change Mexico City.
I John 3:18, 19 says, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.”
Let us forecast one hundred years from now. Imagine that we, as believers in Christ in this generation, pursued the street kids of Mexico City with a passionate love that broke all chains and showed them the love that Jesus has for them. Would this army of lost youth, empowered by God, change Mexico City? Change Latin America? Change the world?
History and the Word of God (Philippians 4:13) would say yes.
Stephen John Spivey