In case you didn’t get a chance to read Part 1 here is the link.
3) Get involved
-This could also go under doing his known will. We know that Christ wants us serving him, somewhere, somehow.
-1 Corinthians 6:20 says: “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
– A lot of us have this picture that God is going to strike the ground with a lightening blot, and BAM there on the ground will be everything he wants us to do. Where to serve in church, what college, job, who to marry etc.. Not quite.
-Go to your Pastor’s wife, youth Pastor’s wife, or even youth Pastor and ask what you could do to help.
If the nursery needs more volunteers, volunteer! If the people driving the bus /van could use more helpers, go with them. The kids will love it! If they need people to sing specials, if you can sing, sing for God! I used to be scared to sing on church, and I do still get nervous, but I had to realize something. I’m not singing to entertain those people on the pews, but to glorify my God. Mist recently something showed me this more than ever before. We were on a small church and when they called for the choir EVERYONE went up. They even made us go up. As I looked around at the empty pews I realized, the only reason we sing is to give praise to God. And if He is the only one in the pews, HE is the only one worth singing for anyways!
There is always somewhere you can help. “Well what if God doesn’t want me serving on that area?” If it’s open he wants you serving there. Now you may start working in childrens church and find out you aren’t that great with kids, maybe you should try another ministry 🙂 But other than that, if its open try it out. If you don’t go for it how will you know if God wants you there or not?
-When I was 14 I started working in Awanas. I had my own class of 2nd and 3rd grade girls. This was really where I found that God had given me a love for kids, and the ability to work fairly well with them. Those girls are now 16-17 years old and I am still in contact with many of them. When I was 20-21 I started teaching a 2-4 year old class. If I would have sat back and let someone else work on Awanas with those kids I would have never found that gift that God had given me, and missed a huge blessing.
-My youth group was super close. We were always scheming ways to hang out (since we couldn’t drive yet). During the summmer I rarely saw people I went to school with, I was always with my youth group. If there wasn’t something planned we made something just so we could be together. A few of us would call each other, and decide we we wanted go do something. One of us would call our youth pastor and the others would start calling everyone else. Before you knew it all of us would be kn a 15 passenger van, with my youth pastor driving, headed to do whatever he was going to do. Sometimes that meant clean the church, other times it was running errands for the 4th of July picnic coming up, or maybe baking cookies for random people around town. It didn’t matter to us what we were doing, as long as we were all together. And many times cleaning the church turned into tag in the dark. 🙂 Create a bond between you and your friends at church. A bond that is strengthend through Christ, because a Christ centered relationship will outlast the rest. If you don’t have a very active youth group, be the one to start things. Make events, call everyone up and see if you can go clean the church together, and then after go out for ice cream, or have a water balloon fight. I’m sure if you volunteer to help, someone will get you there and open the church doors for you! 🙂 Get a group of girls together and see if you can help your pastor’s wife or youth Pastor’s wife things. You can learn so much from them. Be there for each other and help each other out. When you get involved together you are strengthening each other and your youth group. When one person in my youth group was hurting, we all hurt, because we loved each other as sisters and brothers in Christ.
Don’t sit around waiting for someone to tell you what to do. Go find somewhere you can start serving!
P.S. watch for part 3 🙂