This morning I watched a 14-year old young man choose baptism as a way to publicly declare his faith in Christ.
Before our pastor “dunked” this young man he said, “Get ready. Get ready for the ride God is preparing for you. It will be unlike anything you could imagine.”
When the young man emerged from the water the congregation stood, cheering and applauding for his choice.
It made me think, who poured into his life? Who shared Christ with him? Who encouraged him to take the ultimate step of faith and choose a life with Christ?
As a teacher and co-leader in student ministries, I have the responsibility and opportunity to pour into young men and women. Every day I am presented with the blessing of seeing how God is moving in them and through them.
Are you pouring into the lives of the next generation? Are you taking the time to listen to a young man or young woman and speak into his or her life? Who are you helping develop as a young believer? If you aren’t, why not? There is nothing more important than the life of a young person. No job, no extra-curricular activity– nothing is more important than Eternity and where a person will spend it.
Paul poured into Timothy. A college professor poured into the life of Bill Hybels. Someone poured into D.L. Moody, Billy Graham, Billy Sunday, your pastor and you. Now it’s your turn. Find someone to pour into and do it. Your lives will never be the same.