We are living in interesting times. Obviously that is the understatement of the year! We have a diluted state of thinking in every level of life. Yes, the world we live in is evil! We’ve known that since Cain killed Abel. I’m talking about how our ministry has taken on a “diluted” state of thinking. Isaiah said it best, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil ; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”. Our state of thinking has become backwards!! Nothing is as it seems! The only people we can blame, is ourselves.
The reason for this post is something that I’ve been seeing as a common practice in our culture. This practice at one time would have been considered as a ridiculous, absurd or even humorous statement to what we are about or what we do. We’ve allowed these practices to come into play and turn into what we know now as common culture. I’m talking about who and what we praise and promote. People who have their names attached to “big things” aren’t necessarily advocates for praise or promotion.
We often only see and pay attention to the end result and not the process. We chose to not look or pay attention to the beginning or middle of it. On a foggy day in San Francisco, the only thing you can see poking out of the blinding haze is the Golden Gate Bridge. Everyone knows that Joseph Strauss is the one responsible for building the famous bridge. He is also the one who gets the most praise for it. As well as he should, I’m not against him receiving praise or promotion. The question I do have is can anyone name me one person out of the 12 that died while building that bridge? I doubt anyone can. The reason is because we only pay attention to the end result rather than the process of it.
If we are products of our own culture, then we need to change our culture. Culture can only be modified and changed by the repetition of practice in our daily behaviors and beliefs. We need men and woman to open their eyes and start looking at what’s right and not what’s popular. Romans 13:7, “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour”. I want my students in my youth group to understand that “honor” is not given, it’s earned. I would be doing a huge disservice to them if I were to praise and promote people just because it’s the popular thing to do on Twitter.
When Jesus was asked to accommodate a wedding by his mother in John chapter 2, we find that Jesus performs His first miracle. His miracle was that he turned the water into wine. Simply put, He turned nothing into something. Out of all the miracles Jesus performed, His first may not be preached the most, but it’s the basis of my post today. We as Student Pastors must understand that we must learn to produce nothing into something. We are starving for real heroes! Real heroes are unseen, they are unsung and they can produce something out of nothing!
I want to send out a huge “Thank You” to those who are working with a youth group that don’t have a youth budget! Those who work 40 plus hours a week and find the time to sacrifice for their students! The Student Pastor that is still called “the youth guy”! Those who don’t have a separate room to operate their youth services, and then making sure they come early to decorate for that youth service. Then turn right around and set back up for regular services. YOU ARE REAL HEROES! You are the ones who should be getting praise and promotion all over the Social Media. Thank you for teaching our students that nothing comes free. You are the ones who are installing your sacrifices into daily practices, which are birthing a new culture. A culture that we can proudly be a product of! Don’t stop and never forget that thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.