First and foremost, I’d like to apologize for not being active on here as I was before… In a recent attempt to share with you all a personal battle, I had to take it down a day later because I felt that it just wasn’t the right time to share. I’m doing well for now and I plan to bring you news as soon as I’m ready.
Recently, I had a conversation with a member of a Lifegroup that I was invited to and share my experiences with missions. Holly is a young adult who claims that she doesn’t really know what she wants to do post college but feels that she’d love to travel to places someday. I asked Holly about what she loved to do and her response was that she loved serving on the outreach team. Holly loves to serve the local shelter and conduct homeless outreaches in DC with the help of her Lifegroup members. After our conversation, I applauded Holly’s group leader for having her idea of outreaches in DC become a Lifegroup activity monthly. However, the leader interjected and said that he wished she had some kind of formal training and that she was still too young to lead a group of 13 members. My heart broke.
I’m really confused as to why today’s church culture is expecting to bring forth missionaries but don’t want to send people who have that call to go. It amazes me. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe that someone should be spiritually matured to outreach but just because someone does not know what they want to do when they grow up, does not have a seminary degree, or hasn’t been in an internship at their local church, or heck even because they are young, is absolutely concerning to me. I don’t know what Holly’s calling is but if it’s missions, she is responding to God’s call with obedience. That fact that she leads this outreach monthly is amazing and is not under any consideration of the people she serves under or with but God. Secondly, it is not the responsibility of man to equip the called that God has chosen. He is. He will. We are to allow Him to chose what’s best for us. He ultimately knows what we are capable. All this mentioned is noted for us in Ephesians 2:10. It says,
“ For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV)
And lastly, just because someone is a young adult or plainly “young” for any matter, does not invalidate them to do work for the Kingdom of God.
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12, ESV)
Holly, know that I’m praying for you. I pray that you find out ultimately what God has in store for you. Keep doing what you’re doing. And for those that are trying to figure out your calling, I also pray for you. I pray that God gives you peace and wisdom to know the plans that He ultimatley has for you.
Originally published at myfaithjourney.org.