Being Good With How God Made You
I would like to encourage you today to start by understanding who you are, how God has wired you, and what God has called you to do. I want you to be totally cool with that because we are so good at comparing ourselves among ourselves. I look at the leader next door; I look at the friend on Facebook or the person I'm following on Instagram, I look at the church down the street, the church at that conference I go to and I immediately compare myself and I get myself in a bad spot. I want to encourage you to be acutely self-aware of who you are and how God has wired you because you are amazingly unique. You bring a special gift to your church; you bring a special gift to those kids and to those families that no one else can bring because of who you are and how God has wired you. A lot of times, we overthink how we need to do ministry.
There are a lot of great tools out there; there are a lot of great programs; there's a lot of great curriculum; there are a lot of great resources that we sometimes overlook the obvious. It is recognizing who I am, that the Holy Spirit of God indwells me; He wants to empower me; He wants to love through me. I love that every Sunday morning, I get a teach a group of preteens with my wife, Beth, and my brother and sister-in-law. We get to pour into this group of 40 or 50 preteens every Sunday morning. Here’s what I have learned: I love doing different curriculums; I love doing different things on the screen; I love the games and the contests; I love getting creative in my approach. But at the end of the day, you know what those kids want? Those kids want to be loved on and they want to know that I love them and Beth loves them and that we are praying for them. My prayer is that you will embrace and celebrate who you are and how God has wired you to serve him, because my brother, Nick and I are different; the leaders in my church and I are different; my wife and I are different. We are all uniquely wired and gifted. When I feel like I don't quite have what it takes, we lean in on the Lord.
One of my favorite heroes of the faith is George Muller. He grew up in Germany in the early 1800s. As a teenager, he did everything he could wrong. In college, he went to a Bible study that he was invited to, just so he could go and make fun of the Christians that were there. Long story short, God gets ahold of his heart and he becomes a Christian. He starts walking the streets and seeing all of these kids that are orphans. This story is beautiful to those of us in kids ministry because of George Muller’s heart and faith. He ends up ministering to over 10,000 orphans. The beautiful thing about this is he never asked anybody for a single penny; not one single penny. There are many stories of how God would show up and meet needs at the last second. When these kids were old enough to live on their own, Mr Muller would take a Bible and he would put the Bible in their right hand and then he would take a coin and put it in their left hand. He would look the kid in the eye and tell them as long as they had this book in their right hand, that God would always make sure they had enough of this in their left hand. Those kids believed it because they saw it lived out in his life. My challenge is this: as long as you’ve got this book in your right hand, God's going to always make sure you’ve got what you need in your left hand. Don't overthink it. Don't feel like you don't have enough, so you've got to overcompensate, or you’ve got to have all this budget, or you’ve got to do this or that or go here. All that stuff is good and great and serves an amazing purpose for the church. But, with the Holy Spirit inside of you, His power resonating on your life, this good book in your right hand, and a love in your heart for the kids, you are going to make a big big difference!
Jeremiah 32:27 says this: God said “I am the Lord the God of all mankind: is anything too hard for me?” Nothing is too hard for God. You, the Holy Spirit in your life, this book in your hand, and a love for those kids in your heart; if we can get those things down, I think we'd all be better. I know that our kids would sense it and see it and the Lord bless it.
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