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    Is Your Behavior Winning Others to Christ?

    I’m really lucky to be a youth pastor–I get to see students doing some really cool things. Since becoming a youth pastor, I’ve watched several of the girls in my youth group step out in faith by involving themselves in worship, being disciplined in reading their Bibles and volunteering to pray out loud in front of their peers. One girl in particular, Maxine, has been a great example of this.

    A few weeks after my husband and I started with the youth group, Maxine started bringing her friend Stephanie to church with her. Both girls are very sweet and friendly, and over time, as Stephanie watched Maxine’s behavior in youth group, something cool happened. One day while I was helping lead worship for the church, I looked over and saw Stephanie worshiping with her hands lifted up, just like her friend. Stephanie started volunteering to pray and even suggesting people to pray for.

    These two girls have taken leadership roles in the Christian club at their high school. More recently, at See You at the Pole, Stephanie led a group of about 30 students, teachers and leaders in worship and prayer. The behavior of these girls is infecting our youth group in the best way, but it all started with a single girl demonstrating her love for God through her behavior.

    First Peter 3:1-2 says,

    In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.

    The key point we want to notice in this passage is that people can be won to God simply by watching how we behave.

    When I was in high school, I was a member of the worship team at church and I served in student leadership for my youth group. I never missed a Sunday morning or Wednesday evening service. My behavior, however, left something to be desired. I talked about other people in the youth group behind their backs. At school, I was worse. I cursed regularly and I was mean to a lot of people, including some of my friends. My relationships with boys weren’t pure and at home I was disrespectful to my parents and mean to my sisters.

    How we conduct ourselves–our behavior in all areas of our lives–is one of the most important things in life. Not one person was drawn to Christ by my behavior. Since giving my life back to Christ 10 years ago, I’ve tried to make my behavior count for Him.

    I haven’t always succeeded and I make mistakes more often than I like, but even when I mess up, I keep trying. I keep trying for three reasons: I love God and He deserves my best, I want my whole family to be saved and I want the young women God puts under my care to have a role model they can look up to.

    PI girls, are people likely to come to Christ because of your behavior?

    It is by his deeds that a lad (or lady) distinguishes himself if his conduct is pure and right (Proverbs 20:11).

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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

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