So, I wish I had taken pictures but I know some others did, so maybe they'll share so I can share with you later! Last night we had the privilege of watching our teens minister in the service through worship, drama, as well as sharing short sermons. We are proud of everyone of them. My husband said it so well last night, he called them a 1 Timothy 4:12 generation. It says this:
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity."
What a word for our teens, but let's not overlook that it's a word for us as well. No matter how old I get, there is still a little part of me that feels insecure, inadequate, not good enough to do what this scripture says to do. I love the way the message puts it:
"And don't let anyone put you down because you're young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. 13 Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. 14 And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed — keep that dusted off and in use."
This convinces me that this scripture is not age-specific but a message to all of us. Can you remember a time when you had an experience such as this scripture describes? Was there a time in your life when you received a call of some sort? Not everyone is called to a full-time ministry position, but God has something for all of us to do for His Kingdom. Do you remember that experience from your teen years when someone laid hands on you and prayed over God's purpose in your life? Do you remember the passion you had to impact earth for God's Kingdom? I love the way the message puts it, KEEP THAT DUSTED OFF AND IN USE! If it were only for the young, we would not have to keep it dusted off. When living "On Assignment" for God there will always be somewhat of a feeling of being young because God has a way of continually taking us down roads we've never gone before. We are in a state of constant growth. It's scary, yet exhilirating. When we see how inadequate we are, we see just how capable He is and realize it's Him working through us!
So, have you held back? Have you completely relinquished the gifts God once gave you because you feel your time is over or it's someone else's turn now? You couldn't be further from the truth! What gifts or ministries do you need to dust off today and get busy with again? I can guarantee, if you'll go for it,God will pour out such a blessing on your life that you can't contain, and you'll find that living in His purpose and for His Kingdom is the only way to truly live!
That scripture challenges me. I am praying and asking God to show me some areas of ministry that need "dusting off!"
In others news, we got a bunny this weekend for the girls. Yes, we are crazy and yes, he will live outside. They named him "Lord Fluffy" after a cat in the Lifeway Gigi movies for girls. I am about to go get us all a Dr. Pepper and plan to let them sit and play with him on the trampoline while I immerse myself in my newest Beth Moore study! I'll have to take some pics of our newest family member and post later this week!
We don't know everyone who reads this blog. Sometimes we wonder if anyone does LOL! We pray God's richest blessings on you and pray you are challenged this week to walk in that abundant life He has for you! Nothing less.
Live On Assignment!
Josh and Jill