Paul, a bond servant of God and an apostle (a special messenger) of Jesus Christ (the Messiah) to stimulate and promote the faith of God’s chosen ones and to lead them on to accurate discernment and recognition of and acquaintance with the Truth which belongs to and harmonizes with and tends to godliness… (Titus 1:1, AMP).
As youth ministers we identify with Paul! We are slaves (captive) to the message of Jesus Christ. It is our goal and duty to continue toward the path of sharing God’s Word credibly. Ministers are the ones who bring about accurate discernment, as we study the Word of God and are lead by the Holy Spirit. It is something we should all hold our heads high about.
We are truly God’s messenger. Sometimes we can say that haphazardly, but we must realize the importance of being God’s messengers. He has specifically chosen us to reveal the purpose of God to this world and make available his plan of forgiveness through the spreading of his word. We work together with the Holy Spirit to bring about fruit. Every time we speak God’s Word to a teenager we are co-operating with the Holy Spirit to work in their heart.
We should make sure our study is deep and our time is spent wisely in ministry, so as to make the most impact for the Kingdom of God here on this earth. Our time is more valuable than being a teen-sitter or simply being a game-maker, we are God’s representatives here on this earth and it is our duty to use our calling wisely.
Be a slave and be captured by the calling in such a way that you never allow yourself to look anywhere else than to God’s Words for your answers. Live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. Show students the way to live. Spread the truth and see God actively work in their lives. Do not grow faint, it is easy to come into temptation to see the students and say, “they are not progressing,” but each time you spread the Word God is doing something!