We live in a generation where distractions are a very real thing. Everything has to be instant, and if it’s not, we usually don’t wait for it. Think about it, we have iPhones, iPads, laptops, and social media. The mere purpose for all of these items is simply connection. It has made connection an easier thing, we can now text any time of the day, we can call anyone, anywhere, at any time, and we can Skype. The point of technology is connection, however I’m afraid we have lost connection all the while, using technology, and have become distracted from our real mission.
Our mission is quite simple as Apostolic young people. John 6:38 “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” & Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Our mission is not our will, it’s the will of Him that sent me! It’s to reach the lost, at any cost! God has called this generation of young people, to rise up, to grab the torch that has been passed from the previous generation, and to run with patience the race that is set before us! What separated the previous generation from the world, was their focus and desire to see the supernatural play out right in front of them. That required sacrifice. Sacrifice of time, energy, finances. They would pray, and fast until they saw the supernatural come to pass.
If we’re not careful, we allow the distractions of the world become our focal point in our lives. The older you get, the more responsibility that is thrown on you, and with more responsibility comes more opportunities to be distracted from your real calling. Everyone of us has been called by God, to reach the lost around us. You don’t have to be a preacher, you don’t have to be from a good solid Christian family, all you have to do is be willing.
Rev. Billy Cole said “If a young man learns to preach before he’s a soul winner, he’ll always look for a pulpit, rather than for a soul.”
How true that is! Let’s take that one step further, and talk about the secular side of growing up. When you become a Junior in High School, you begin to look more serioulsy towards the future. What am I going to do for a profession? What college am I going to go to? Who am I wanting to become? The answer to any of those questions, can be answered through a different question. Does it align with God’s mission? My Pastor made a comment during his preaching the other day, and he said “I don’t believe it is the will of God, that he provides a blessing (in terms of a better job, or a better opportunity) that removes you from the house of God” He was saying, if it truly is a blessing from God, if it’s the will of God, it won’t inhibit your ability to do ministry in the church, it won’t hinder your ability to increase in your walk with God.
As we move forward in the weeks to come, we should gauge our decisions, and actions on the simple question of. Will this decision hinder, or nurture the mission God has sent us on. Does it align with God’s mission? If it doesn’t, then you know the answer. There isn’t anything in this world that is worth losing my soul. Take this entire world, just give me Jesus.
Matthew 16:26-27 – 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
– John Braam
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