What Is God’s Calling for Christian Young Adults?

As a Christian young adult, you may wonder where you fit in the world. You may feel underqualified to work at your job or to witness to your co-workers and classmates. You may feel alienated from your generation because they are following the rising trends while you are working to grow your relationship with Christ. It can be hard to keep your focus on God’s plan for your life when your peers’ values and beliefs are consistently shifting. Society wants to tempt you into following the status quo. 


Use these reminders of specific callings for young adults to remember the importance of growing in Christ.


8 Verses for Young Adults 

Amidst such confusion and noise, how can Christian young adults be lights and witnesses to their peers? Here are 8 callings the Bible commissions young people to fulfill as they step into adulthood:


  1. Young People Are Called to Set an Example 

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”—1 Timothy 4:12


Paul encourages Timothy to continue the ministry the Lord entrusted him and not neglect his gift for teaching and ministering. As a Christian young adult, you may wonder what gifts you can contribute to the body of Christ. Young adulthood is an exciting time, but it can also be a difficult transition from childhood to adulthood. God has equipped you with unique gifts and talents He wants you to use to serve your church and further His Kingdom. You can set an example for believers of all ages by understanding and using the gifts He has given you.


  1. Young People Are Called to Obey 

“My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother; for they will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck.”—Proverbs 1:8-9 


Solomon encourages young people to heed the instructions of their authorities. You may be tempted to go against the authorities placed in your life because you have new freedoms as an adult. However, they are placed in your life as guardrails to keep you on God’s path for your life. God takes obedience very seriously, and one of the best ways to honor Him is by heeding the instructions of the authorities He places in your life. 


  1. Young People Are Called to Enjoy Youth 

“Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth…”—Ecclesiastes 11:9a


As a young adult, there are a variety of academic, friendship, and career opportunities in front of you. There is no other season of life where you will find this much opportunity available. Although the options may seem overwhelming, seek to ask God what His purpose is for you. If you seek God early in life and pursue purity, you can reflect on your young adulthood years with joy rather than regret.


  1. Young People Are Called to Be Influential 

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”—

Matthew 5:13


Jesus calls all Christian young adults to be the “salt of the earth,” which means preserving the places where you are by influencing those around you to pursue godliness, holiness, and purity. Salt only loses its flavor through contamination, and contaminated Christianity cannot make a difference. You must continually draw near God to maintain a bold and powerful witness. 


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  1. Young People Are Called to Seek Wise Counsel 

“Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days. There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel – that will stand.”—

Proverbs 19:20-21


Safety, security, and wisdom are found in the godly counsel of trusted counselors and mentors. If you are not sure where to look for mentors, consider participating in our discipleship groups, where you will be paired with a godly mentor who will teach you how to study your Bible, invest in your relationship with Jesus, and guide you with godly wisdom as you navigate big decisions.


  1. Young People Are Called to Be Bold 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations…do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.”—Jeremiah 1:4, 7-8


In this passage, the Lord calls Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations and reminds him that he was set apart before he was born. Jeremiah tells God he does not know how to speak because he is too young, but the Lord commands him to speak boldly and confidently. Do you feel like God has called you to do an impossible task? Use this example as a reminder that God will not leave you to complete it alone. He will guide and equip you every step of the way.

  • Young People Are Called to Be Humble 

“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”—1 Peter 5:5-9


Peter promises believers that if they humble themselves before God, He will exalt them. Humility isn’t something you grow out of; it is a continual habit you must foster your entire life. If you practice humility while living under authority at your parents’ home or on your college campus, you build a foundation for submission to God when you live independently and lead your family.


  1. Young People Are Called to Abide in Christ 

“I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.”—1 John 2:14b


As a Christian young adult, you must abide in Christ and His Word. Your life should be a strong witness, boldly proclaiming the truth of your identity in Christ through your words and actions. When your life is built on the foundation of the truth of God’s Word, you can stand firm against the temptations you face. 

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As a Christian young adult, you have a unique calling to fulfill in this season of life. You are called to live a life marked by faith, obedience, humility, and boldness. You are called to be the light of the world, to be salt that brings flavor and preservation to a society in need, and to be ambassadors of God’s love and grace. Embracing this calling requires you to live intentionally, stand firm in your convictions, and commit to growing in wisdom and understanding. As you navigate the challenges and opportunities of your generation, remember to hold fast and be obedient to the callings God places on your life. 


Are you looking to connect with other like-minded Christian young adults? Join us at Paradigm, a weekly gathering of young adults who desire to see Jesus made known throughout the city. At Paradigm, you will hear from our young adult leaders about how to build authentic relationships and obey God’s calling for young adults.

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