God has a divinely inspired way of preparing His’ leaders for their call to serve Him like none other. The words of the Lord assure; “Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified” (Romans 8:30). As an athletic coach and teacher for the last thirty-five years, God has provided me with a particular set of skills, understandings, thoughts, strategies, and appreciations for young adults between the ages of nineteen to thirty-five years old. My entire coaching and teaching career run parallel to the life experiences of the Millennial generation. There is no doubt about it when it comes to Millennials, I have an immense affinity for them. First, I wasn’t sure if the affinity for young adults came because of my career choice. However, the closer I walked with and listened to God, I discovered it was God preparing me for such a generation as this.
In the eleventh chapter of Romans, the Apostle Paul examined the idea of how the rejection of the Jews affected the promises God made unto their forefathers. Paul mollified the harshness and reconciled it as divine providence. Paul wrote, “Has God rejected His people?” (Romans 11:1) Because the writer witnessed the mistreatment, disenfranchisement, and rejection of a people, who was once in the heart of God but now cannot be found near God. Soon as the Apostle Paul asked the question, he rebuffed his question by saying; “By no means! God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew” (Romans 11:2). Then the writer reminds his readers of what happened to the prophet Elijah, when he cried out to God during his persecution, “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life” (Romans 11:3).
One of my fathers in the ministry once told me, “If you can’t find yourself in the text, you’re reading the wrong book!” After several hundred conversations with young adults under my influence, I found their remarks to resound much like that of the author of Romans; Has God rejected us? Why are we being mistreated, disenfranchised, and ejected from the House of God? Why is there so much judgment and hypocrisy directed at us? They have killed our image of you and demolished your altars of service with talk of prosperity. Now, we are alone, seeking an authentic, personal and intimate relationship with you and you alone.
God is replying to today’s Elijahs as He did to the Elijahs of old, “I have kept for myself you young adults who have not bowed your knee to the ways of this World.” One merely needs to seek to understand why today’s young adults are leaving or not attending the House of the Lord and they would find that young adults often feel shunned, displaced or negatively judged. However, God loves them and wants an intimate, personal, loving relationship with them as much now as He did during the time Roman chapter eleven was written. It wasn’t long ago that I heard the voice of God saying to me, “So too at the present time, there is a remnant, chosen by grace,” (Romans 11:5) and that remnant is today’s young adults. Thus, in my heart of hearts, there is no doubt that God has called and prepared me to Lead and Love Millennials.