This AMP’ed Me UP! 1-23-19

“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12 ESV

So, I was sitting here with my document opened wondering what to write, and I read the verse above… It’s been at the top of the AMP announcements for quite a while now, but I realized as I was reading it, that I have been neglecting the seriousness of what it says!

The students of AMP are young. The youth of Central Christian Church. We have 12-year-olds up to seniors in high school taking college courses.

Recently, within the past month or so, I thought that what I had been teaching may be above them. That the life God is calling each of them to is less than what the messages He has placed on my heart. (Even though as I would sit and pray to God for messages specifically for their hearts, I began to think maybe He was wrong…)

I mean, what can a 12-year-old kid do for the Kingdom of God? What can an 18-year-old skateboarder do? They’re just kids…

But God is persistent and consistent. As I began to focus on the things of this world to try and lure kids back to God, using entertainment, games, and watered-down messages, God continued to place articles, quotes on social media, books, and other means to get me back on track.

So here I am, declaring to you that I have been called to raise up disciples that would go out and do the same thing. At school. On their teams and clubs. And even in their own homes.

You have world-changers living under your roofs. Partner with me in raising up young people that make the future look brighter. God has created each one of them with a specific story and calling. It is time to start raising them up now. The pages of their story are being turned each day whether we take part or not. Let us be the church that sees our youth start fires in the hearts of many for the sake of God’s Kingdom and His glory.

Lord, thank You for writing our stories. For using our students to change the world and affect eternity. Forgive us for ever thinking less than what You have designed for our lives. Let us begin again the good work that You have called us to carry out.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.