INTENTIONALITY AND COMMUNITY
I’m always fascinated when God seems to pick a theme for a phase of my life. You know what I’m talking about—those
weeks when it seems like every sermon, personal prayer, and Facebook newsfeed quote is all centered on one subject, as if God has a divine lesson plan, and He is preparing you for the exam. In my life, over the past two months, that
lesson has been about what it means to be a servant. Now, more than ever
before, my friends are drawing on me for support. Both churches I attend have had
“ministry fairs”, where the different needs of the church were advertised, and
signup sheets were available next to bowls of shiny, alluring candy. I’ve also
been blessed to be a part of even larger movements such as The Gospel Coalition
Women’s Conference, and the Adventist Global Youth Day. As commonplace as
events like these may seem in the church, they all have an extraordinary detail
in common: in order for them to come into existence, someone had to go out of
their way to make themselves aware of the needs around them. My friends could
not ask for help unless they knew help was needed. My churches’ signup sheets would mean nothing without a
header explaining why everyone was signing. Events such as Global Youth Day
would be useless if all we had done was gather the youth in a place without any
goals in mind.
We were blown-away by the range of service projects going on around the world by the youth of the church. Something we highlighted was how well each group catered to the needs around them."
Let’s talk about
Global Youth Day for a moment. If any of you were watching the all-day
broadcast made possible by an incredible team of volunteers all across the
globe, you might have caught my friend Eden and me reporting for the Florida
division. We were blown-away by the range of service projects going on around
the world by the youth of the church. Something we highlighted was how well
each group catered to the needs around them. For instance, in Miami, a team was
passing out water at a marathon. In Canada, a team was passing out hot
chocolate. I’m pretty sure that if the Miami team had been passing out hot
chocolate at the marathon, they wouldn’t have been nearly as successful in
meeting the needs of the people around them.
example of catering to specific needs is the group that surprised me the
most—they spent the day collecting batteries. I still don’t know what they were
doing with them. However, someone had obviously taken the time to look at their
community needs and had somehow found that battery recycling was something
worth doing.The key here is intentionality. As servants of the kingdom, we are called to live our lives with intentionality. As children of a Sovereign Father, we realize that we were made with a purpose. When Jesus Christ walked the earth, He met the specific needs of the people with whom He came into contact. Preparation and expectancy are key. We cannot intentionally meet needs that we do not know exist.
be sought out by keeping in constant communion and conversation with the Lord.
Stewardship and service are good callings, but still not anything we are called
to do in our own strength. In John 5:30, Jesus himself says, “By myself I can
do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to
please myself but Him who sent me.”
Global Youth Day
was an incredible show of the Lord’s ability to use His children at any age.
However, every endeavor undertaken by the Church to serve, must be a continuous
process of paying attention to the Lord, and reacting to His Word. We are here
for a purpose, and only by fulfilling that purpose will the world look at us
and see something different. I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait for
Global Youth Day 2015!
Until then, let’s
intentionally look at the world around us and ask, “Father, how would you have
me serve You today?”
For info. on Global Youth Day, 2015, visit: gcyouthministries.org
thought...Are my outreach efforts as efficient as they are spontaneous?