Sunday, 21st July, 2O19 [Junior Youth Sunday]
- 1 Samuel 3:1-10
- 1 Corinthians 4:15-17
- 2 Timothy 2:1-10
Hymn of meditation: PH 765
Word that comes from the Lord God,
That reveals what is in me,
All my sin I see from this,
And I see my Savior Christ.
Precious seed we find in it,
Sown among the weeds of earth,
God shall harvest fruit from that,
All the grass shall then be burnt.
Beloved we have a mandate as a people or church. In this assignment we cannot fail God.
Our main task is to worship the Lord.
I believe all of us were once non-Christians but through some people’s actions or efforts we have now become Christians.
In that case we do not have to be selfish, let us also direct others to Christ. This is the whole business of Discipleship.
Discipleship can be explained to be the commitment to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Discipleship is a process that includes learning Bible truth, applying that Bible truth to everyday life, becoming like Christ, sharing Christianity with others, serving the church, and fulfilling the goals God has personally designed for each person (Matthew 28 :19-20).
WHO IS A DISCIPLE?
A disciple is a Learner, a Student, a follower or an apprentice who accepts his or her teacher’s teachings and imitates his practices (Luke 6:40; Isa 8:16).
Jesus’ followers were called disciples (Luke 22:39; Luke 14:26-27; Acts 9:36).
After the disciples learnt from Jesus, they were sent out as apostles (disciples sent out on a mission).
SAMUEL LEARNS UNDER THE FEET OF ELI
Little boy Samuel learnt from Eli as an apprentice. As a student, he learned obedience from Eli, a skill or body of knowledge, Bible reading, prayer, and served God more effectively.
Because Samuel obeyed his master, he ran to him when he heard the voice calling.
As youth, what lessons are you also learning from Samuel?
1 Samuel 3:8-9
“And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me. “Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore, Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears’.” So, Samuel went and lay down in his place.”
Eli connected Samuel to the Lord – Samuel laid quietly and still, not allowing anything to distract him from the voice of the Lord.
The Lord calls again Samuel! Samuel!! He answered the Lord: “speak I am listening”
He kept listening and eventually he received the word from God regarding the coming judgement against the priest Eli his master and his family.
Parents what measures have you put in place to bring up your children?
We are living in a world full of evil, where satanic altars are fighting against us in our families, churches, offices, schools and everywhere.
But I believe in one thing – When we bring up our children in the Lord, they will be able to stand the test of the day, Jesus Christ being their strength. Teach them the pure word of God.
Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,
This is to remind the children every day who they are, what they stand for, their identity in God.
PAUL DISCIPLED TIMOTHY
The apostle Paul was using metaphor to illustrate what Timothy should look like a leader. He encouraged him to be strong and he gave him some points of what he meant.
1. A TEACHER:
Good believers would teach others and commission them. Believers must be reproductive. Disciples need to be equipped to pass on their faith. Our work is not done until new believers are able to make disciples of others (Ephesians 4:12-13).
2. A SOLIDIER:
In several ways, the soldiers of David represent the soldiers of Christ we should be. We must be courageous and dedicated to the task ahead of us. A soldier must be willing to sacrifice and achieve the results he wants. They must also discipline themselves and be loyal to all.
3. AN ATHLETE:
Athletes must train hard and follow the rules. As an athlete, be ready to go through hard trials because you must be willing to give up certain interest. To win, you must be faithful and obedient, fighting the good fight to win an imperishable crown.
4. A FARMER:
A farmer must work extremely hard and be patient – keep going despite challenges and suffering because of the thought of victory.
As Timothy preached and taught, he would face suffering but he should be able to endure. That is why Paul used a comparison with soldiers, athletes and farmers together.
HOW CAN WE DISCIPLE OTHERS?
- Attract and equip people
Go and gather listeners and teach them – Enter a house or a town and begin teaching for days, months, and sometimes years. Equip as many people as possible.
- Mentor as many as you can
Paul mentored many leaders such as Silas, Timothy etc. Paul took them with him as he worked and preached. No matter their background, he discipled them.
The Lord help us to emulate and walk in His steps of discipleship.