VBS 2017 has come to a close and it has me thinking about what I saw. I caught glimpse of more than 30 adults coming together to minister to over 110 youth from our area. No ministry at SMCC can happen without great committed volunteers. But who are the lucky few who fit that description. You might be surprised to see its you, me and a bunch of other sitting on the same bench for Sunday morning service.
Check out these 6 cliches and see if they describe you. Maybe God just wants you to step up and take a chance, minister to our family here at SMCC.
1. God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called (2 Timothy 3:17).
This phrase is common in religious circles. The truth in the statement goes back to Moses, Abraham, Joseph, David… just about everyone used by God for big things who, on physical examination, didn’t have the degrees, stature, or qualification for the jobs that needed to be done.
You’ve never spoken in public, acted in a skit, or led a Bible study? You may be right where the Lord wants you, so get ready for Him to donate His qualification onto you.
It also works in reverse, you think you’re qualified for one thing, God has a different purpose.
2. If you want to learn something, teach it (Exodus 18:20).
The Lord gives you what you need via your willing heart, teaching what you don’t know very well can potentially have great rewards. I need to remember this the next time I involve my son in a home fix-it project neither of us has tackled before.
3. The kid with the toughest exterior is the one who’ll be hugging you the hardest (Matthew 19:14; Romans 12:9-10).
“Get with your kids.” That’s what I’d hear from a camp dean if it was free time and was caught chatting with my adult peers. “Love on those kids; don’t indoctrinate them.” That was the answer if a counselor had an issue with a controversial subject. “Put your arms around these kids, put their arms around the Word.” That was the goal. All the above boiled down to time. Youth of any age watch how you spend your time. They learn quickly how important they are to you. They all have their issues but they all know when they’re being loved and they all respond to it… in time. So give them that
4. Life and Christianity are so much more than Do's and Don’ts (Galatians 5:13).
“Don’t drink, don’t do drugs, don’t have sex.” Unquestionably good advice, but why not? There were already plenty of them who weren’t practicing these “greater sins.” What, instead, could we show them about, say, rebellion, disobedience, jealousy, and poor self-image? It seemed to me that when I did encounter those who were involved with alcohol, drugs, or sex, they were using the temporary gratification of those activities to fill holes caused by, well, rebellion, disobedience, jealousy and poor self-image.
Living out your faith without inhibitions in front of young people is about as bold, yet genuine, as you can be. Modeling the truth of the Word eliminates the need for do’s and don’ts, removes the need to ask, “Why live this way?” It’s obvious when your joy requires no illegal substances, and when your love is unattached from lust.
5. It’s good to be alive (Romans 8:6; John 10:10)
You make no money volunteering at church, worked round work schedules with the hope of impacting a bunches of boys and girls. You have hundreds of responsibilities, lost track of movies and the baseball standings and never felt better, or were never more fulfilled. Life isn’t about building to a place where we can do what we want all the time, that goal ends in becoming our own little gods. Life happens outdoors, with other people, by God's strength, in God’s presence, for God’s purposes. It’s a gift, even when difficult.
6. We ARE the body (1 Corinthians 7:17; 1 Corinthians 12:12).
It isn’t difficult to understand the frustrations that volunteers often have about whether or not they were being used by God. Sometimes, you volunteer to clean a bathroom or a classroom because you have a heart for the Lord and His Church. These are the thankless jobs, out of the limelight. Away from the fun. But none of the great things that happened would have been possible without every part of the body working together for the greater mission. It takes all kinds. Especially the 'kind' you think you are
See you Sunday!