And what are you doing about it? Isaiah 1:16-17 says; “Wash and make yourselves clean. Take you evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong. Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” Sometimes in ministry I become so busy doing the ministry that I forget what it’s all about. How about you?
Do you ever fall into that trap?
I know God wants me to be in constant communion with Him, in His Word daily and in prayer continually. It’s interesting how verse 16 challenges us to look to our own spiritual welfare before we go about God’s business meeting the needs of others. If I am not in the Word learning what God has for me to change and let go of, getting to know Him more, how am I going to be able to minister to needy students God has placed in my life?
Years ago Mark’s godly grandmother challenged us “be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). He wants to show me His character; He wants me to worship Him for Who He is. Verse 17 then challenges me to “do right”. Teens who are in my care many times are experiencing so much injustice and many are oppressed on every side. They need an understanding leader to walk beside them, guiding them sometimes and cheering them from a distance other times. I need to be ready to defend the fatherless. . . (and there are unfortunately many in our youth groups). God wants me to care of the widow.
Looking for a Mission Excursion?
Teen Quest engages many students each June in what we call Mission Excursion. We meet God’s call as stated in these verses by building homes, renovating properties, cleaning, painting and whatever it takes to meet the needs of those in need. Kelly Minter calls it, “gospel living”. We need to practice “gospel living” so we can forward the gospel of salvation.
We would love to talk to you today about how your youth group can take this challenge. We train students in many areas giving them tools for ministry: How to win someone to Christ, drama and mime in order to convey God’s love and forgiveness; how to speak with folks one-on-one; what it takes to be a missionary and much more.
Why not call Travis today?
He’ll tell you more about it! We have trips to inner city and rural areas, and Costa Rica. What an opportunity for your youth group to put feet to the Gospel next summer. Travis is waiting . . . and so is God! Call 814.444.9500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today. You can also check out www.teenquest.org/missions for more info!
Gospel living is what puts forward the gospel of salvation.