I wonder what’s on YOUR list of New Year’s Resolutions this year? Let me guess…
- Lose weight
- Get in shape
- Don’t be stupid about money
- Waste less time on _____________ (video games, Netflix binging, social media, etc.)
Here’s a thought. What if you turned the typical approach to New Year’s Resolutions on its head? Sure, go ahead and commit to a self-help list of do’s and don’ts, if you’re so inclined. But here’s challenge that can really make a difference in 2018. Take some time to identify the outcomes you want see as a result of the life and ministry choices you make in 2018.
4 Questions for 2018
Below are four key questions that can help you step back and take a look at what’s really important in the coming year. As you prayerfully consider these questions, imagine that you’ve time-traveled forward to the end of 2018. How would you want your answers to these four questions to read if you sat down on Dec. 31, 2018, and took a retrospective look back at the things you prioritized during the past year?
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Prayerfully write out your answers to the four key questions in this Mobilize article, then tuck them in your Bible to serve as a reminder throughout 2018.
- Who did I love and how did I show it?
- How well did I model following Jesus?
- What did I accomplish in my ministry?
- What risks did I take for Jesus?
As you work to build a thriving Gospel Advancing Ministry throughout the coming year, remember that taking risks in response to God’s call on your life is a common theme in the pages of the Bible. Here are a few examples…
- Noah risked becoming a boat builder in his old age, and he saved the human race from destruction.
- Moses risked going back to Egypt where he was wanted for murder, and God empowered him to deliver 3 million people from slavery.
- David risked a fight with a heavily armed, nine-foot tall giant, and he defeated the enemy of God’s people.
- Mary risked death by stoning so she could carry the Son of God in her womb, and she was given the honor of bringing our Savior into the world.
- The Twelve risked martyrs’ deaths, and God used them to advance the gospel and build His Church.
Why were each of these heroes of the faith willing to risk it all for God? Because they loved Him deeply and were willing to faithfully follow His call on their lives, no matter the costs. What are you willing to put on the line for Jesus this year?
Dream big for 2018, embrace the opportunity you have to advance the gospel through your youth ministry so that teenagers’ lives will be transformed for all eternity. Live well. Love well. Step up to the challenges waiting for you. Take a risk for the sake of the Kingdom and watch to see the rewards God has waiting.Taking risks in order to follow God is a common theme in the pages of the Bible. What risks are you willing to take for Jesus? Click To Tweet
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