ym360 knows youth workers. We know what an incredibly rewarding, yet incredibly challenging job youth ministry can be. There are days when your spirits are sky-high, and there are days when you could use a bit of a “pick me up” from God's Word . . . That's why we're happy to offer Youth Worker Boost, one of the many valuable resources on the ym360 Blog.
Boost is a short, weekly piece of encouragement designed to, well, “boost” your spirits and encourage you as you minister to students. We consider it yet another great opportunity to serve you and your ministry.
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"Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, 'Who do the crowds say I am?' They replied, 'Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.' 'But what about you?' he asked. 'Who do you say I am?' Peter answered, 'The Christ of God.'"--Luke 9:18-20
There was a newscast recently that shed light on a relatively new issue plaguing certain sectors of our country. In this economy, where foreclosures are at an all time high, people who rent their homes are frequently finding them trashed by the people renting them. Or when Banks come to take over a home whose owners are being evicted, they find the home in disrepair.
There was a very significant point made in regards to why this was occurring so frequently: People don't value what they don't own.
You may be ministering to some students who are living with a faith they borrowed from their parents. Len Woods, author of the book, "Unofficial Guide to Life After High School," says that "borrowed faith is when people talk about God and do things for God instead of spending time with God." This describes many of our students, doesn't it? And it might describe many of us. But it doesn't describe Peter.
Peter knew Jesus intimately and had no problem confessing that He was the Messiah. Do your students have a real or a borrowed faith? Better yet, what about you? Do you spend more time "doing for God" or more time hanging out with Him? Has your time of seeking Him personally been replaced with office work and and logistics? If so, ask yourself: "Is this what God intended when He called me to this ministry?"
Like He did with Peter, Jesus is asking us and our students if we know Him. This question may be the most important one we'll ever answer.
Our prayer for you: We pray that you would be able to know where you stand in regards to your relationship with God. If it's time you turned back toward Him and reorganized your priorities, our prayer is that you have the strength to make that change.
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