This is the 4th and final part of the open letter series. It was written by Rich Andrews in June 2014. Enjoy.
Doing BIG Things For God
This is part 4 of an honest, open letter to parents of teenagers. Contributions to this series are made from Rich Andrews, director of Word of Life Florida in Hudson, FL, and Scott Foreman, director of Word of Life Canada in Owen Sound. Follow Rich on twitter here, and Scott here.
Part 4 – Doing BIG Things For God – Rich Andrews
Dear Parents of Teenagers,
When is the last time you challenged your students to so something BIG for God? I’m not talking about helping with Children’s church (although that’s great), I’m not talking about showing up early to help setup the youth room or to help serve at the Church banquet. I’m talking about trusting God to do something they would never even imagining doing.
Joshua 1:1,2 says – After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua, the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them-the children of Israel.”
Joshua had the incredible task of being God’s man to lead the children of Israel into the promise land.
He had worked side by side with Moses, had seen God do incredible miracles and now it was his turn to step out and do BIG things for God. As I was reading that passage again this morning I thought to myself, what if Joshua had said “no” to doing BIG things for God? What if he decided that the pressures of leadership wasn’t worth the reward of accomplishing what God had laid before him? For Joshua there was no turning back, he was holding on to the promise found in Joshua 1:5 – “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.” Wow! What a promise; the God of the universe promised Joshua that He would stand by him in the same way He stood by Moses and Joshua believed God.
We need to remind our students that the God of Moses and Joshua is the same God we serve. We need to remind our students that the God of who parted the Red Sea and the Jordan River is the same God we serve. We need to remind our students that nothing is impossible for our God, that He’s looking for a few good men and few good women to stand up and say “I’m ready to do something BIG for God.” Maybe it’s starting a Bible study in their public school, maybe it’s going on their first mission trip, maybe it’s studying at a Christian college so they can not only learn a trade, but learn how to live.
Maybe it’s adopting an area of the world that they raise money for and do missions in?
Whatever it is, you and I can be assured of one thing, God will go with them and give them the strength to accomplish what He’s laid before them.