Unless we are still, as in a state of stagnation, we are either in a state of growth and change or a state of withering digression.
Sometimes it takes a fourth grader (or two) to keep at the top of mind what it is you are living for. This was the case for me recently.
The Sundays I’m not traveling for work, I serve at my church with the fourth and fifth graders. We had two first-time visitors who had come with their grandmother who was church-shopping. The boys were cousins only three months apart. Despite their small stature and youth, they were able to reaffirm what I already know, but sometimes need to be reminded of.
To advance the Kingdom, you have to advance the message
Do we not owe it to the next generation to build a strong foundation of faith? Are we not told in Proverbs 22:6, “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” In Matthew 19:14, Jesus says “Let the children come to me! Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”
Until the second coming, we need to build others through Christ. Making disciples of nations starts in our own homes, churches, communities, and spreads from there! The message must be advanced to the next generation. We cannot idly stand by and let our children find their faith in the world.
“Live life like an unending mission trip” (Francis Chan, Crazy Love)
I love, love, love this! Live each day to serve the Lord and your fellow man. Go ahead and get overwhelmed with emotions because of the state of those you have the opportunity to impact. And then impact them. And don’t let up. Seek out a new mission each day, complete one you started, or continue one that is ongoing. Make where you are your mission field.*
The exuberance of the little visitors was a breath of fresh air. Not just because they were well behaved, but because they were genuinely interested in learning. They were hungry. And… you could tell someone (maybe their grandmother) has invested spiritually in them. They asked better questions than any youth I’ve worked with in church and had perspectives that rivaled any adults. Afterwards, they ran to their grandmother and told her how great of a time they had and how they wanted to come back. This was after they said this was the best church they had ever been to and how we were the best leaders they had ever had (I could make this stuff up, but I didn’t). It’s funny how kids will give praise while adults will remain silent. The innocence of youth is precious and it’s too bad it dissipates with age.
These little boys served as a reminder why living your faith and sharing God’s love is so important. What I am there to teach is not just a privilege, but a duty. I do it not to boast, but for three simple reasons: obedience, love, and service.
Seek your purpose. Live your mission.
Trey Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org
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*”Make wherever you are your mission field” is a chapter in my new book coming out in January 2018, 12 Jars, Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life