Jesus trained his disciples to take over from him before he departed to heaven. They were to carry on the work of the gospel to the “end of the earth” (Acts 1:8), teaching others to do the same (Matthew 28:20). Likewise, Paul instructed Timothy to pass on the gospel to “faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” Clearly, identifying and training the next generation of workers, especially leaders, cannot be left to ‘chance.’ It must be planned for.
SYFC’s current leadership has identified and prepared the next team to take over from them. To stay true to the mission of youth evangelism, this team needs to keep to three things.
First, they must maintain a single-minded allegiance to the Lord (soldier imagery, verse 4). Without this focus, personal ambition can become the driving force in ministry. But with their eyes on Christ, our younger leaders and workers will remain true to him and his work.
Second, they must ensure God’s work be done God’s way (athletic imagery, verse 5). If not, the ways of the world will creep into the ministry, making God’s work indistinguishable from that of the world.
Third, they must be diligent so as to share in the harvest (farmer imagery, verse 5). This harvest is “the elect…(who) obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (verse 10).
May the Lord bless the next generation of leaders in SYFC as they take over in 2021.