For the past two summers, I have had the privilege to work as the youth intern. I am grateful for the opportunity from the elders and I pray they continue to grow in spirit and truth.
In 1 Timothy 4:12 it says, “ Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” There are many lessons I have learned from working with the youth here that I feel can be of benefit to each person.
The first thing is you need to make sure not to have double standards. Deuteronomy 25:13-15 says, “You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a large and a small. You shall not have in your house differing measures, a large and a small. You shall have a full and just weight; you shall have a full and just measure, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you”
I feel this is something we all can work on. If you are around worldly people, your measure of what is right and what is wrong should not differ than if you around people of the church. We cannot let those around us influence how we act but rather let the Bible be our singular standard.
The second thing is you need to be able to answer a myriad of questions at unsuspecting times. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”
Whether it is a member of the Lord’s church or a non-believer, questions will always be asked. Each of us should strive for a knowledge of the Bible that is in line with what Peter says. That way, no matter who is questioning, a Biblical answer can be given.
The third thing I have learned is you need a support structure when the hard times come. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” James 5:16 says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray to one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous person can accomplish much.”
No matter our age, we need others to lean on. Make sure you are putting your love and support in Christians who will return that love and support when you need it most. It truly has been a blessing to work here, and I am very thankful for the opportunity.
For His Glory, Benjamin