Raising the bar – “Do well with little and I will give you more!”
At the moment we may be few in numbers and are youth are still very young but God has promised us that as we begin to raise the standard, input time and effort, put into place everything needed for a big vision, He will bless us both with a growth in numbers and with growth in our young people as individuals into men and women of faith.
v 16 – 21 – Our prayer for both ourselves as leaders and our young people is that we would be rooted and firmly established in his love, living in the fullness of all he has for us, strengthend and actively living in the power of the Holy Spirit within us, reliant on the God who can achieve above and beyond all that we ask through us!
Building Relationships – God gave us the picture of tall strong trees (leaders) growing together rooted in his love, sheltering small young trees (youth) and protecting them so that they may grow. Noted that as leaders we would only effectively remain strong and shelter the youth if we were united and working together (a lone tree does not offer much shelter and will be buffeted by the elements) – need to spend time together with each other, praying together and supporting each other. Also need to work on building relationships with the youth – it is only as we have a closeness of relationship that they will open up to us and that we will be able to speak into their lives. Finally felt that we should encourage them to build relationships with each other.
3:1 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. 4 When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6 This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)