Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Acts Day 141 - John Mark

13:4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant.

This John who came with them as a helper is John Mark, the same one who has been mentioned several times now. He is a young man. Is this significant? Apparently so because if it wasn't we wouldn't know about him. It's significant because it shows they (Barnabas and Saul) valued young people and deliberately involved them. This past week the pastors and leaders have been discussing and sharing different ideas for how we are keeping young people in church. The one obvious way is to get them involved, to transition them from spectators to active participants. Jesus modeled this by having disciples who were young. The "other John" who wrote the gospel of John and 1, 2, 3 John and Revelation lived until at least 95 A.D. so you can do the math and imagine how young he was when he was traveling with Jesus who was crucified in 31 A.D.

Whoever you are and wherever you are, value your young people. Bring them along side you in whatever God has called you to do. Look for the natural gifts God has given them and help them develop those gifts by giving them real opportunities to serve. Be ok with the mistakes they may make. Encourage the positives you see in them. Help them dream bigger. Pray for them and with them. The founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church were in their late teens. We are told that young people and children are going to play key roles as the events of earth's history wrap up. They will need us to guide and train them. They will need to see Jesus in us. They will need role models. Only as we fast and pray and follow God's lead ourselves can we hope to have any kind of positive influence on our young people. Children were drawn to Jesus and just yesterday I overheard someone say about someone else "He's a great guy. You can tell because the children love him."

Ask God to send you a John Mark. Both he and you will grow and benefit as a result.

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