Building a house of worship

This week, Emily and I visited the Torquay Beach Mission to see Nathan, Kaelen, Ashley and Cara in action. I was really impressed with the work they are doing, and so pleased to see how God is blessing a strong team with a new location in town to run the program, that is far more central and allows greater opportunity for people to see the program and join in.

As a team, they are gifted for the task, and the young adults from this church are no exception. We witnessed Nathan with a trail of kids behind him, very attentive and excited to be there, and he was certainly putting his tech skills to work: Ash is with the older group and is full of confidence in Jesus as she demonstrates wonderful leadership skills, it is a blessing to see how she is growing in God: Cara was being her very ‘crafty’ self as she inspired Rock Stars: and Kaelen – well, the monkey business we witnessed has to be seen to be believed.

Make sure you ask them all about what they were up to when they return.

I remember how much fun Beach Mission was, both as a child and also when I returned as a leader. Looking back, I see how my experience helped me to know that I am loved, that I belong, and to learn the gifts that God has placed in my life for His glory, and develop them alongside many others to impact the lives of young people and their families.

As we look ahead in this new year, I encourage you to prioritise discovering, developing and applying the gifts that God has given to you for His glory.

The Bible teaches us:

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

And

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: (1 Corinthians 12:4 – 7)

It is vital, in these days of expectation and hope in the return of Jesus, that we are all gathering together for worship and for prayer. Without prayer, we are acting in our own strength, and as we worship we experience the presence of Jesus who ‘is enthroned in the praises of His people.’ (Psalm 22:3) We are stronger when we are together, and gifted by the Holy Spirit we stand and we work shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters in Christ to serve Him in building His Kingdom.

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: (Romans 12:6)