In Luke chapter 9, we read that Jesus sent His disciples into the towns and villages to teach the gospel and to heal. Followers of Jesus should expect to be sent. We don’t become Christians to be served or catered to. So, in our youth ministry, we are hoping to help equip our children for their mission to reach out to the lost and dying world and show them Jesus.
But when Jesus sent his disciples out to work, he didn’t send them and forget them. In Mark 6:30, we read, “The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.” Jesus didn’t just allow the disciples to go and teach without giving feedback. He spent time with them, inspecting and evaluating the work they did so that He could teach them better.
People don’t always do what is expected of them, but they are far more likely to do things that are INspected of them. (Dr. Donnie Hilliard). The disciples returned and gave up the details of their labor. What good might come from sharing what we do and teach? “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Heb 10:24 ESV)
Christ isn’t giving us the same verbal evaluations today, but we can fill this role as we mentor younger or new Christians. We can lovingly inquire about the work that we are doing for Christ. Let’s stir up something good within our Christian family and meet in heaven together. Darrell