Topic: The Pathway to Excellence [Open Heavens for Teens 4 July 2019]

Memorise: “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:62

Read: Luke 9:57-62

57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.

62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Bible In One Year: Job 29-30, Acts 12

MESSAGE:

Every man desires excellence, honour and glory. These things are very important to us as humans, but most especially to teenagers. Teenagers want to do excellently well in their studies. You want to bring honour to your parents and do everything possible to be worthy of their praise.

However, there are lots of obstacles that stand in the way of achieving excellence. You ought to be prepared for every obstacle that could stop you from doing excellently. Just like you prepare seriously for you exams in order to perform excellently, so also should you work diligently to attain excellence spiritually so you can ultimately make heaven. The pathway to excellence is having cordial relationship with God. No matter how much we want to do on earth, we must remember that all other things are secondary to achieving the true excellence which is heaven.

Prayer Point:
Lord, give me the spirit of excellence.

Also Read: Teen Open Heaven Daily Devotional by Pastor Adeboye

Hymn 6:

  1. Our God, our help in ages past,
    Our hope for years to come,
    Our shelter from the stormy blast,
    And our eternal home:
  2. Under the shadow of your throne
    Your saints have dwelt secure;
    Sufficient is your arm alone,
    And our defense is sure
  3. Before the hills in order stood
    Or earth received its frame,
    From everlasting you are God,
    To endless years the same.
  4. A thousand ages in your sight
    Are like an evening gone
    Short as the watch that ends the night
    Before the rising sun.
  5. Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
    Soon bears us all away;
    We fly forgotten, as a dream
    Does at the opening day.
  6. Our God, our help in ages past,
    Our hope for years to come,
    Still be our guard while troubles last,
    And our eternal home!

Daily Devotional for Teen’s guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.