If I’m honest, I’m overwhelmed.
I’m sitting here, realizing that I oversee 24 volunteers directly, which make up three different ministries, with four different focus areas. This is definitely the largest group of people I’ve led at one time.
I have weekly duties like writing this blog, preparing Bible studies, preparing games that will fit with the themes of the studies, teaching Sunday School and checking in with volunteers to see how they’re doing each week.
I have monthly duties: meetings to lead and to attend, young adult events to plan and attend, and sermons to preach.
I have more long-term duties like the mission trip this coming year, and with it, fundraisers like Spaghetti Hut.
If I’m honest, I often doubt my qualifications to do all this.
Then I go home and see Sophia and it hits me: Cassie and I are responsible to care for and raise this little life. Then I really doubt my qualifications.
Perhaps you’ve felt like this in the past or even recently.
This last weekend, I attended the Canadian Youth Workers Conference (CYWC) where I was reminded of something incredibly important. I’m sure that this wasn’t a new thing for me to learn, but the way that one of the speakers put this idea forward struck me. Maybe it’s more accurate for me to say I was reminded of a few things—not just one—which I’m going to try to put all together.
Christ invites us to be a part of the solution to a far larger problem.
In Matthew 28, we receive the Great Commission, Jesus’ last words to his disciples before ascending into heaven:
‘Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.”’
For many, I’m sure this is a particularly familiar passage. What we cannot allow is for this passage to become so familiar that we just shrug it off when we hear it. This outlines the task of all believers. Not simply one task, or one option of many… but the one task of all believers.
Christ invites us to be a part of the solution to the problem of sin in the world. We’re invited to join in God’s mission of restoring proper order to the world. As disciples of Christ we’re called to make more disciples of Christ.
Everything. Everything we do should be done with this in mind, because as disciples of Jesus, this is what we do—we are disciple makers.
It’s easy, I think, for us to allow our lives to be dominated by ‘the busyness’. To be busy has become a cultural status of success. It sounds like this, and I know I’m certainly guilty of this:
You run into someone you haven’t seen for a while and they ask, “How are you doing?”
“Well, I’ve been busy… I’m just so busy,” or maybe, “Well, I’m doing good. Work has just been so busy, it’s crazy!”
We say this… I say this and I feel good about it. It gives me an excuse for having not seen this person in a while. It in some way expresses that I’m productive and, thus, I’m successful.
I tell people my list of responsibilities and that amount of busyness might convince people that I’ve been productive in ministry. The problem is that if my focus is on ‘creating the program’, I’ve missed the point entirely.
The games could be fun, the meetings might be full of discussion, the events may bring in a whole bunch of people, but if these things are all done without the focus of creating disciples in mind, then I’ve missed the target.
So, I sit here overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the incredible love of God. Overwhelmed by his intense desire to see more people following him. Overwhelmed by the invitation given to all of us to be his disciples and to make more disciples.
I’m overwhelmed by the size and scope of the task. I’m overwhelmed and I realize that on my own, I’m totally unqualified. But Christ is with me, Christ is with you, even until the end.
I’m overwhelmed by a desire to see the people of Steinbach and the surrounding area to live with a radical commitment to Christ. To see our youth unashamedly identifying with Christ and loving him fully. To see them shape their choices by the teaching of Jesus—even down to the details.
I’m overwhelmed by the possibilities that each of us have to live a life fully committed to Christ and the many people each of us have the opportunity to bring along on that journey. I see the reach that our students have in the SRSS, at Blumenort School and St. Anne Collegiate… the reach that our students have at the U of M and U of W. The opportunity they have to encourage and lead at Providence and at SBC.
All of us, at work, at home, with family, friends, or acquaintances, have the opportunity to join in on the mission given by Christ—to be a small part of God’s incredible solution to the problem of sin, as we work to build the Kingdom, that it might be “on earth as it is in heaven.”