Saturday, February 02, 2008

Privilege

In working with students, I'm always amazed by the words that come out of my mouth. I never feel that I know enough theology, or enough of the Bible to really be an authority above others. And yet, when it really comes down to it, the right words always seem to be there.

Matthew 10:19b says "...do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say." While I've taken it slightly out of context (Jesus is speaking to the disciples about how to behave if they are arrested while teaching), I've always used this as an inspiration verse for my life.

A few weeks ago I chaperoned the jr. high youth group to camp for a weekend retreat. One of the girls brought a friend from school who wasn't a believer. Within minutes of our first chapel session ending, she was asking questions. She was just hungry for more information. By 2:00 that night, I asked her if she wanted me to help her pray to receive Christ, and she said yes.

Last weekend I returned to camp with the high school students. While no one in my group made a first-time faith decision this time, there was a lot more in-depth teaching to do during breakout times. There were other leaders there who probably have more background than I, but each of them ceded the teaching to me.

I know that I do not have enough wisdom in my entire being, nor will I ever have enough, nor is it even possible for me to ever have enough wisdom in me to accomplish any of these things. But for some reason God has equipped me to do them, and continues to equip me.

I heard God speak to me a couple years ago, telling me that my purpose in life is to reveal His words to other people. I know that I cannot do it on my own strength or knowledge. But by His power, He has granted me the awesome privilege to press on anyway.

And the words keep coming.

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