Below is a devotional I wrote to coordinate with this sermon from Park Cities Presbyterian Church. The article is a part of their “Every Thought Captive” weekly devo, which you can subscribe to here. Enjoy.
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Today my boss at PCPC asked me to answer the following prompt: What would you ask God about, concerning youth ministry, if you knew He would answer you immediately?
My honest answer was: “How, Lord?”
- How do we reach students with the Gospel when we can’t meet them through Sunday school or youth events?
- How do we disciple students when we can’t meet in person for Bible studies?
- How do we send students into the world when it’s not safe to go anywhere?
Perhaps you can relate to such “how” questions in your life or personal areas of ministry as well.
It is not that God has not left us without any guidance. We know many things to be true:
- As Pastor Mark said on Sunday, we know that our nature and mission does not change with our circumstances.
- We know that wilderness seasons are a part of God’s glorious design.
- We have learned to trust Scripture and the Holy Spirit’s guiding as we navigate uncertainty.
And yet in our sinful flesh, we still may not be satisfied. We desire to know the “hows” behind our mission as His followers. And those holes in our understanding can lead to doubt, frustration, and apathy (this one is especially prevalent for me).
So, how do we face our unchanging mission when we don’t understand the “hows” that accompany our situation?
The words from our closing hymn on Sunday brought a lot of comfort to me:
Facing a task unfinished
That drives us to our knees
A need that, undiminished
Rebukes our slothful ease
We, who rejoice to know Thee
Renew before Thy throne
The solemn pledge we owe Thee
To go and make Thee known
We first go to our knees in prayer, and in those moments, our faith that God knows the answer to all of our “hows” is renewed. And so, we go—praying for faithfulness this day as we face the many uncertainties in our lives. God’s Spirit and Word will lead.
(Currently listening to “Facing A Task Unfinished” by Getty Music)