Listening to a sermon targeted towards middle school students, and getting something out of it as a 33-year-old male, well… that can mean 1 or 2 things:
- The message was completely spot on and relevant for middle schoolers, and I really try to put myself in a 10-13 year olds shoes so as to relate with what they’re dealing with in their every day lives.
- I’ve not matured past 11 years old, so any and all messages in that environment are going to be relevant to me in the present day.
I honestly don’t mind you believing either of these, because sometimes I’m not entirely sure I’ve matured past 11 either.
One of the messages a couple of weeks ago had to do with being a good steward with what has been given to us.
What has been entrusted to us.
They talked about the Parable of the Bags of Gold, and I thought about how it can be challenging because it is easy to forget to be a good steward when things (material things) can sometimes blind us from being the disciple we are called to be.
Wait, huh? Disciple?
Donald over at Project: Mathetes asked a very important question over the week to a few of us, and that was this:
“What does being a disciple of Christ really mean to you?”
I had to really think about it, because I don’t think I have ever been asked this question before, especially not in my adult-life. Honest. So without trying to spew a bunch of bible verses and sound automatic and inauthentic, I wanted to go with what I believed to be true based on what I was taught, what I remembered, “shooting from the hip” so as to say. I know it can be dangerous, and my theology could have been way off but I was confident in my answer.
Being a disciple of Christ means that I have a personal, growing relationship with Jesus Christ, assured of my salvation through God’s ultimate sacrifice. It means that I need to live a life of Faith, trusting God and His unconditional love and that I, in turn, love the Lord with all my heart, mind and soul. It means that I am continually in His word, and that my “calling” is to go forth and make disciples so they, will also be lead into a personal, growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Yet after clicking “send,” I felt as though I am still a baby Christian, still somewhat leaning on my parents faith and barely exploring to go on my own, and with that thought…oh boy.
I have been entrusted with the lives of about 20 6th grade boys, playing a key role in shaping the spiritual and social bonds of these students. I HAVE to get it right. Right?
Now I know Rick Warren was not the first to quote this, he is the most recent person I’ve seen who’s tweeted this, and it has stuck out in my head, especially since I have been placed in this position:
Husband / Father / Friend / Small Group Leader
So what am I doing to ensure that I am being a good steward with all that I have been given?
Before worrying about getting it right with the students, I have to be sure I am feeding myself with The Word so as to lead my household in the right direction, and THAT… is truth, but what happens when I fail to lead the household as the man of God? What happens when I fail to be a good steward?
I know I’m not alone in asking those questions, and that’s what we’re all here for.
Here’s an open call to everybody who cares about what I’m sayin’, who wants to be a part of something great. The following are a few (modified) questions that we were asked to ask our students:
Is there anyone whom you feel God has placed in your life for a specific reason, but you feel as though you could be doing a better job of being a good steward with the Truth He has placed on your heart?
Are they a friend? Husband? Wife? Children? Neighbor? Coworker?
For the sake of specificity, who is it?
I plan on spending time in prayer for every single person who comments with answers, and in return I ask that you choose one other commenter, as well as pray for me and that I continue to lead my wife, my children, and my students with truth and understanding, in faith and love, and with Jesus Christ as the center of all.