Many curiosity seekers followed Jesus Christ. Out of all the disciples, He chose twelve to be with Him. Out of the twelve, He allowed three to be very close to Him for special teaching. Let us follow the Master’s example.
The first two years as youth pastor, I was struggling to come up with a job description. I only knew two youth directors. I knew I wanted to love and turn out some good teenagers, but wasn’t sure how to do it. So I invested most of my spare time in the teens that ditched Sunday School, girls that got pregnant, guys who got drunk, teens who loved to dance and go to concerts. In other words, the rebels got all of my time. Then one day it hit me—Jesus trained only those who who really wanted it.
Looking for Discipleship Opportunities
When this doctrine sunk deep into my ears, it revamped my youth work. I remember picking up a first time visitor teen in my car for Sunday School. The entire trip we talked about salvation. When we arrived at church, he got saved. All the way home we talked about the importance of Bible and prayer time. That night I picked him up for church. On the way to church we discussed the importance of faithfulness, and on the way home we talked about soulwinning. Our car trips became discipleship sessions.
He was a new convert. He was moldable. He was teachable. Most importantly, he wanted to learn. I picked him up for soulwinning and did nothing but answer his questions all the way to church. On the way home I described the characteristics of wise people and fools and encouraged him to get into the right crowd.
Friday night was a teen activity. I picked up him and his best friend. We talked much with his friend and discovered his interests. The friend got saved outside during the youth activity. All the way home we began again our talks of faithfulness, Bible, friends, prayer, purity, character, etc. Do you get the idea? Transportation time is teaching and training time.
Training More Than Three Times a Week
Was it an accident that the disciples turned the world upside down after living three and a half years with Jesus? Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “And thou shalt love the Lord the God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
We are to spiritually train our children all the time. Church three times a week will do much, but training during every other time makes disciples.
What did the boys do for God? Both went to the Christian school the next year and won every character, leadership, and soulwinning award that the school gave. Both went to Bible College in September. Four years later I hired the first guy – you guessed it – as my youth pastor.
From the book Called or Crazy by Pastor Mike Ray