Series: Storytellers, Message: I’m Not Ashamed, by Pastor Mathew Young. Today, along with Pastor Mathew, we will hear the stories of three young adults from Fulfill The Call School of Ministry in Douglasville, Georgia. They each will tell their stories of life’s travel down a bumpy road. Some bumpier than others but all having one thing in common, there is a fork in the road of life. Wow, that sounds like the same road so many of us has stood upon looking down only to see no end in sight. Yeah some of you are standing on that same road right now. Well sooner or later you come to a fork in the road. We must chose which way we will go. Let’s listen in and see which way at that fork these guys picked and how bumpy their road became. For more information on Fulfill The Call School of Ministry please visit their website fulfillthecal.com .
Fulfill The Call School of Ministry (FTC) brings our worship service today along with Distinguished Youth, Southside’s youth. As part of our series Storytellers it would not be right if we didn’t hear from the youth, those who will carry the torch into the future. Most of today’s churches that are growing and seeing Gods great works are being lead by a younger generation than ever before. Without a doubt they are creating some of the best worship music of all times. Won’t you worship and praise God with us as the young adults from FTC lead us into an awesome time of worshiping the one true God. For more information on Fulfill The Call School of Ministry visit their website fulfillthecall.com .
The Water Brigade is a ministry designed to serve our community not only by meeting a physical need, but more importantly a spiritual need. We hit the streets handing out cold water, a card and a friendly smile. On the card is a link to this page where people have the opportunity to learn about Jesus being the Living Water for all mankind. We also invite viewers to come and join us on a weekend worship gathering. If this video has impacted you in any way please leave us a comment below.
So the other day my 17 year old son texted me asking for $20. As expected, I replied, “K.” A few hours later, he came home and kind of stood around me shuffling his feet. Then he went and took the trash and recycling out followed by feeding the dogs and giving them water. In other words, he actually did all his chores without being asked. He then came over and stood around looking at me some more. I knew he wanted the money and I was willing to give it to him but I wasn’t going to give it to him until he actually asked for it since that seems to be the only time he ever talks to me. He finally asked and I gave him the money. At which point he left the house and I didn’t see him again for a couple days.
As soon as he left, I had an epiphany. I realized how much the interaction I just had with my son parallels my interactions with my Heavenly Father. You see, I am just like a teenager. When I want something, I start trying to be good and doing my chores and I expect to get blessed. I want things from Him and He is more than willing to give them to me. But He waits and makes me ask for them. I used to wonder why we should have to ask if He knows what we want, what He is going to do, and wants to give us what is best for us. Maybe it is just because it is the only way He can get us to talk to Him. Even if all we do is ask for stuff, at least we are communicating with Him.
I know this is a strange way of looking at prayer. But I am beginning to understand that Jesus did not die on the cross just to get me out of hell. He didn’t suffer in my place so He could impose rules on me and take away my fun. He did what He did to have a relationship with me. He was literally dying to talk to me… and to you.
What is hard to believe is that He values me that highly. I struggle to understand why He wants me to spend time with Him. I don’t even want to spend time with myself most of the time. I can feel it now. I know how desperately I want my teenage children to spend a few minutes with me. That desire is just an infintesimal portion of the intense longing God has to spend time with me… and with you.