Digging into God
As a youth pastor, why is digging into God’s word essential? Why is it important to have a relationship with God?
What is a youth pastor? If pastor is called to serve, then he/she is a servant. So, a youth pastor is a pastor is called to serve youth, right? Well, if that is true, and a youth pastor does not have a relationship with God, then who is he really serving? Himself/herself?
I know that as youth pastors, we get busy. I mean BUSY! There is program planning, curriculum building, volunteer recruitment, announcements, events, visits, marketing, social media, trying to be relevant, and on, and on, and on! Is it possible that we get too busy for God? Think about that for a second. We get too busy to read the words of the One who originally called us to speak for Him! How can you speak for somebody if you don’t know what His word says?
Let me say this. I was born to be a public speaker! I am great at it! That is a God given talent! There are MANY public speakers who are better than me! (Not many are more talented!) I say that to say this: before I truly devoted myself to the subject matters of my speeches, they were still pretty good. That’s because I am great at improvisation and I can adapt very quickly. To my chagrin, God is not always a fan of improv! When I am delivering His word, improv turns His words into my words. That’s not what He called me to do.
In sports, we have all seen, known, heard of, or been the athlete that was physically gifted, but was not the best on the team. The athlete that was the most successful was the one that worked the hardest. The athlete that was the most successful was the one with the most heart! I use this example because I know that we can all relate to it. I also use it because that is what I am talking about here. Heart.
If your heart is to do God’s will and to give God glory, then you ought to spend time with Him and know His heart. It is important to take an honest spiritual assessment of the condition of your heart. Are we like David, son of Jesse, a man after God’s own heart? (Acts 13:22) Are we willing as youth pastors to do everything He wants us to do?
God wants us to have a relationship with Him. He desires us to be after His heart. Jeremiah 3:15 says it this way:
And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
If a youth pastor doesn’t dig into God’s word, then this is an EPIC FAIL!
So, as a youth pastor you must ask yourself the following question:
Do you have a heart after God’s own heart? In what ways does your heart need to be transformed so as to be more like God’s heart? How can digging into God’s word change that?
Tips for digging into God’s word.
- Find a quiet time and place to read God’s word.
- Pray before you start reading
- Be purposeful in your reading (have a plan of what you’ll read).
- Create a journal devoted to your time digging in God’s word.
- Listen to what God is saying through His word.
Truly listening to God through His word can be tough. It takes effort to empty yourself of thoughts and feelings and open your heart to truly hear what is being said. It’s about consciously and actively taking in a message and then responding to that very same message. If we can do that, God can transform our lives.
Jody Speaks Life
I discovered my purpose through serving!
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Youth & Young Adult Minister at Mount Pleasant Church
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