A Comfortable Rebellion

Youth Specialties
September 27th, 2011

If there is one word that I'm not comfortable with as it relates to student ministry, it is COMFORT. The problem is that – in American culture at least – it seems that is where we have settled.

When the scriptures tell the story of Jesus’ life, I see a rebel. I see someone who is counter-cultural and relevant in the same breath. And in my mind, I think that makes our faith journey more exciting. I love the idea of rebelling against “the system”. If the devil has come to “steal, kill, and destroy”, then I’m going to put on my leathers and live my life to the fullest! Who's with me?

The flip side is that when we live a life full of purpose is that it might make us uncomfortable at times. But this is also a purpose that I believe God will equip us for if we are just willing to put our trust in God.

Too often, students of faith are comfortable in their pews instead of in God’s grand purpose for their lives. They are stuck in the rut of going to church every week, thinking that they already know it all, closing themselves off to deeper relationship, and find themselves living a kind of cushy-faith verses an active, disciple-making, culture-changing one.

I understand. As a student, I can remember not getting why other students were excited about missions and reaching out. It seemed like a lot of work to me. It was messy. It also pushed my boundaries. I was very content inside the walls of my church. And as much as I don’t like to admit it, it’s easy to go back into that place today. It’s easier to sit at home and write blog posts encouraging others to do the work that I know that I – me – as in the guy typing this sentence – is called to do.

One of the best antidotes I know of for this? Surrounding myself with other people who are way excited about Jesus and the Gospel. Why? Because it inspires me when I hear stories of other people being used by God to do awesome things. It helps me to see that I'm starting to go back to my place of comfort and pushes me to get out of my seat and do something.

So, in short, your students need you to get off your duff and maybe even rebel a little bit.

#1) it’ll inspire them to action,
#2) it’s what you were created for, and
#3) as you do, you’ll be stepping into that John 10:10 fullness of life.

When students see that, “Watch out world!” because they’ll be following in your footsteps. Your passion becomes contagious.

As you find your relationship with God growing deeper as a result of going against the status quo, I pray it changes you from the inside out. Because as it does, and the uncomfortable, wild ride that Jesus calls us all to becomes a reality for your ministry, the doors of your church will blast open, students will embrace their life-purpose, and they will let go of the comfortable cushions that have been padding their faith into ineffectiveness.

“You know that in this world kings are tyrants, and officials lord it over the people beneath them. But among you it should be quite different . . .” – Matthew 20:25-26

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