Youth Worker Devotions: Be Rooted in Christ.
We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face, that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument. For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.
Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
This was the scripture reading from my commencement at Denver Seminary. There is a mix of emotions and thoughts as I heard this, sitting in an sanctuary surrounded by my classmates. These ranged from confidence and competence, to a feeling of needing more and the desire to be totally dependent on God.
This week I’ll just share a few thoughts on this passage:
- When we work, we work with and according to the power of Christ. Any other toil is futile and pointless. If we fail to be doing what Christ has for us, we fail in our calling.
- Paul’s heart cry is that his ministry ENCOURAGES OTHERS. Regardless on whether he meets them face to face or not. His hope is for their encouragement with the Good news of Jesus Christ.
- Sometimes Paul says rather simplistic (but true). Walk in Christ. As youth workers we have been trained to do so, and the best thing we can do as a witness to everyone else is to walk with Christ and do what we ought to do.
- Finally, note how Paul exhorts us to receive and GO. There is no exhortation to be trained in every small thing before you get onto the field. Christian service is an occupation that is learned on the job.
Get in, Get Dirty, Make Mistakes, Be Humble, Glorify God.