My pastor from Detroit, Chilly Chilton, posted a quote on his blog today. It really hit me… We have been experiencing some, shall I say, “crazy” times here recently. There has been a lot happening all around us, and it has really been challenging our faith in who God has called us to be and what He has called us to do. Don’t fret my pet, we are not backing down or bowing out! This time has only solidified who God has called us to be!
In the midst of the craziness, there has been this ugly thing that has reared it’s head around us – the “respect-your-elder-and-stay-quiet-you’re-just-a-young-stupid-youth-pastor-and-we-won’t-listen-to-a-word-you-say” monster! Let’s call him Bob. (I don’t think there’s anyone named Bob in my church; but if there is, I’m NOT referring to you!) 🙂
Bob has tried to discourage us, to beat us down, and to push us out. Even if Bob is only in my head (kind of like the Zombie that plagues The Cranberries), the battle has been real! I have wanted so many times to just yell, or shout at someone, or walk out and not come back… but that would be stupid – it would only show that my security is not in Christ (and that I’m foolish and immature)!
I have been totally depending on God and on His Word for strength and wisdom. I have taken solace in the fact that the Apostle Paul had to write to Timothy and encourage him to “fan into flame” that gift that God had given to him; and also in 1 Timothy 4:9, this word:
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
I’m very aware of other the many other instructions that Paul gives Timothy (like “Do not rebuke an older man harshly,” which can be easily “forgotten” by a young buck trying to flex his ministry muscles). I’m not here to pick a fight, or to start a Youth-Revolution (that doesn’t involve being passionate about Christ), or to stir up trouble; but we are responsible to speak the truth in love. And we will all show where our level of maturity really is when we are confronted with that truth – will we allow it to change us, or will we blow up and blow out?
Fighting the GOOD Fight of Faith!
Oh, and here’s that quote that I mentioned at the beginning (Thanks Pastor Chilly)!
“I have since learned that the most mature believer is the one who is bent over, leaning most heavily on the Lord, and admitting his total inability to do anything without Christ. The greatest Christian is not the one who has achieved the most but rather the one who has received the most. ”
— Jim Cymbala