Wednesday, July 18, 2007
One of my FAVORITE times of the year is Adventure Week, aka Vacation Bible School. For one week out of the summer, my church puts on a giant production and sees over 500 kids and brings Christ to life. It’s crazy. It’s barely controlled chaos. And I love it. We don’t tell Bible stories. We act them out. We do mini-plays for our kids. Why hear about Jonah and the whale when you can see it? This year our theme was “Myth Busters.” Every night we busted a popular myth about being a follower of Christ. One night the myth was that young people can’t do anything for God. Sooo not true. The Bible says
“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.” 1 Tim. 4:12
That’s God saying, “Hey, you. Yeah, you— the girl with the bra that won’t cooperate, the teen with the drivers manual that won’t stick in your head, or the chick who just got a zit on the night before school pics—God wants to use YOU. Not only that, but he tells you that he wants you to be an example—even for adults.
Remember David and Goliath? David was young, scrawny. So not prepared to face down a nine foot giant. He was unprepared on all fronts, except on the inside. His heart was ready. Yeah, he beat the giant and his army with a slingshot, but his most important weapon was faith. David TOLD his brother he was going after that giant. David TOLD King Saul he was going to take Goliath out with God’s help. Nobody—not one single person in the Israelite army or region would step up. Just a small person, small slingshot, small stone—but an enormous helping of faith.
Where are the Goliaths in your life? Are you cowering from them daily like the Israelites or do you rush out to meet these challenges, knowing God has your back and will provide all you need? You are not too young to be useful for Christ. He is calling you, telling you that He needs you, that others need you. Come on, give it a shot.
Jenny B. Jones