Welcome to the Crew! We’re so thankful the Lord has placed you here to serve with us! I just want to encourage you right off the bat- I believe the Lord has you here for a reason. Maybe you’re not even sure what the reason is, but you felt Him calling you to serve here with the students. That’s ok. Maybe you’re unsure about how to relate to students or how to pour into them. That’s ok, too. This post is especially for you. When I first even thought about working with high school students, I was in college. I’d only ever worked with children, and I had no idea what I was getting myself in for. But a great friend and mentor encouraged me with this- “God doesn’t call the equipped…He equips the called. Let’s look at this throughout Scripture. If you’ve been in the church for more any amount of time, you’ve probably heard a lot of the “big names” in the Bible—people like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Noah, Peter, Paul, Elijah—the guys who did big, amazing things for the Lord. Moses was there at the parting of the Red Sea. Abraham was willing to sacrifice his own son to obey God. Elijah fought against over 400 prophets of the idol Baal. Moses led God’s people out of slavery. And Paul was one of the greatest evangelists to ever walk the planet. But have you ever looked at the list of their failures?? I’ve seen this posted online in several places, and found it on this website as a poster: http://www.posterrevolution.com/gallery/enlarge.cfm?pic=pr/3/640546f.jpg Despite their failures, God managed to use each of them in incredible ways! And the best part was, it wasn’t them doing the work! It was Christ’s power in them! On our own we cannot accomplish anything. But Christ can do anything! Check out these powerful verses:
- 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (KJV)- “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
- Philippians 2:12-13 (NASB)- “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NASB)- “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”
- Hebrews 13:20-21 (NASB)- “Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheepthrough the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ,to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
- 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (NASB)- “For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”
And finally, 1 Corinthians 1. God uses not the mighty, not the noble–the foolish and weak. We have no cause to boast in ourselves, no matter what talents and abilities God has given us. Everything we have and are is because of Christ, and should be used for Him. If we boast at all, let it be in Him.
I know new places and new ministry opportunities can be scary and can make you nervous. But if you are certain that God has called you to this, you can also be sure He’s going to equip you to carry out all He has planned for you! In closing, I want to show y’all a video of my friend Jocelyn. On my first trip working with high schoolers, she and I wrote this song. I hope it encourages you and serves as a reminder that Christ can do anything you. Take a few minutes to watch it, and spend some time in prayer this week turning all your fears and concerns over to Him. He’s going to do amazing things in you and through you!!