2 Corinthians 4:5, NIV: For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.

Perhaps you have heard, as I have heard, that the youth of the church today want to be heard. Perhaps we feel they deserve to be heard, or perhaps the right to be heard. And why not? Why should we consider them any less than we adults? For certainly we feel that we have the right to be heard, and deserve no less. After all, we have a voice, and it should count as anyone else’s voice, right? There is a level on which that makes sense; on which that sentiment rings true. And yet, we would have difficulty finding the idea reflected in scripture. Our rights, as they might be considered, are forfeited when we surrender to the Lordship of Christ. We are, as Christians, to be shedding the self-serving, self-seeking, slave-to-sin nature in order to take up the submissive, selfless, servant-hood to Jesus. As such, we no longer are concerned with our rights, or even our right to be heard. Instead, we strive to direct the attention of people not to our words, but toward the Word of God, so that it is He who is heard--and that He is heard clearly above the chattering of us all.