Young Adults Christian Groups

We recently caught up with some friends we’d not seen for years. Many memories were shared, and we had an opportunity to speak and encourage one another about faith and the days in which we are living.

One of these friends then shared a short teaching video warning us of the kind of people who will exist in the church from whom we are to flee.

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2 Timothy 3:1 – 5)

He is right, it is challenging list and we must heed that warning. But what I couldn’t get out of my mind, and in the end had to share (I hope it was received in love), was another danger for those living in these days – is the believer who is not serving The Lord and serving His Body.

We are all gifted and empowered by the Holy Spirit and each of us are gifted differently. The church functions as each one plays their part, and doesn’t get in the way, or doesn’t have to serve in the part someone else is called to.

I know I’m talking with my church family and precious brothers and sisters in Christ now, and I know your heart and service to the Lord, and I know at times (at least I feel) that I’m regularly asking for help. But I want you to know that though my motives are not always pure, still there is the deepest conviction in me that one day – possibly one day soon – we’ll all stand before the Lord and when we do, we’d love to hear the words: “Well done good and faithful servant.”

In Revelation, we learn that many in the church are described by Jesus as lukewarm (Revelation 3:16), and I believe that is a characteristic of this generation, especially in the western church. Let that not be said of us. I pray that each of us are prayerfully considering the call Jesus has for each one of us to be faithful in service, that we might hear those beautiful words:

And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’ And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’ Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’ (Luke 19:17 – 19)

P.S: While Matthew records a similar parable of the talents, it is my conviction that this parable in Luke which speaks of one mina given to each of 10 servants highlights that The Holy Spirit has entrusted us with the Gospel – given to each of us – to share with others.