A Challenge to Young Evangelists
We're excited to hear from Josh Brewer of Lifelight this week as he shares this challenge for young evangelists! In the midst of the growing pains which inevitably happen when you're young in ministry, it's critical to remember the call of Hebrews 12, to remember those who have gone before, and to fix our eyes on the One who holds hope for the world.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)
This is one of my favorite verses in all of the Bible and is something that we as young evangelists could do well to remember. It has always struck me that Paul felt he needed to remind us that our actions represent something far greater than ourselves.
First he states that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, which of course includes all the many heroes of the past; from the old testament writings (see Hebrews 11), to the great George Whitfield, to the late Billy Graham, and so many others. God used these heroes to impact many lives and left a great legacy, a legacy we should uphold with the highest respect, a legacy that demands to be upheld by the Church in our day.
Paul then perfectly brings us back to Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith. The cloud of witnesses inspires us, but our principal encouragement is found in the person and work of Christ who is the supreme example of faith. As young evangelists, we have to run the race that is set before us with our focus being on the prize that is Jesus.
Now when I hear news of hatred, greed, fear, and lust it is hard to even recognize our own nation. It can become easy to be discouraged and feel like we are losing the race. However, I am challenged by the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“It is time for us to develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness.”
As our life is called to represent Jesus I believe that we must develop our capacity for unselfishness to the point of threatening the status quo. To regard others more highly than ourselves in love and action.
I challenge you as young evangelists; let us run the race with this kind of “dangerous unselfishness.”
President of Lifelight, Josh has a willingness to be open and honest about his own testimony of the redemptive power and love of Jesus Christ, and speaks with refreshing transparency that is especially relevant to youth and young adults. Josh also has a passion to see the nations transformed by the saving knowledge of Christ. He knows that worshipping God is not simply about church, but about going out into the streets and rescuing those that have never heard of Jesus, whether that is in America or in other nations. He and his wife, Rachelle, work together in ministry, and enjoy spending time at their home in Sioux Falls, SD with their three daughters.