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We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the word of God. And today’s slices comes from…. a mixture of many verses.
For those who might not know a jambalaya is a south Louisiana dish that can be and usually is a mixture of things. It may contain chicken, or sausage, or both, along with many different vegetables. It always has the trinity of herbs; onion, celery and parsley. Probably added garlic, and the nearer you get to New Orleans you’ll find tomatoes. Then when almost cooked water and uncooked long-grain rice is added. All ingredients are than cooked. When left alone for a while the ingredients become friends and voila! Jambalaya. So…. as I said it is usually a mix of ingredients.
And so will this message be. As I began to prepare many thoughts developed in this old empty head of mine, and here is what I’m serving today.
Some might call it a buffet or a smorgasbord, but not so. You see at a buffet or smorgasbord you choose the ingredients. But today, I’ll serve the plate.
I’ve been worshiping with a lot of young Christians lately and watching them causes me to begin with :
Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. 14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecies spoken to you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. 15 Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. 1 Timothy 4:12
In watching these young Christians minister to other youth I noticed that they, more so than the older Christians, make a bigger impact of introducing Christ to those whom they encounter. They remind me of the verse we just read;
Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.
In word, these young people make the difference for Christ by controlling what they say. They avoid negative talk, and speak words that honor God.
In conduct, they practice discretion in their behavior and thereby let their love of Christ shine.
In love, they heed Jesus’ word to love, not only love God, but love one another and others they encounter. Because they put words into action, by being the church outside of the church walls, they touch others.
In putting their faith into action they change lives.
In purity, they example the though that it is tough to be morally pure and doctrinally sound, but they set the bar for other young people.
Amidst the reports of teen problems reported by the media I am hopeful that our young people of this character will be our Congressmen, Senators, Judges, and Pastors of tomorrow.
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