Yesterday, I had a grandma asked me how to motivate the youths to be more mission minded while we were folding bulletins.

I pause for moment.

What a great question.  One that I ask over and over again.

I replied:

There is a way and that is to live it out.

Yesterday afternoon, I held the first training for the mission trip I will be leading in August.

I led a study on the Good Samaritan and discussed Jesus’ standard of a neighbor.  It was an awesome time.

I decided to skip my plan and shared how after reading that passage, I was challenged to go downtown and hang out with the homeless.  I shared about some of the times I acted more like a Levite or a priest, lack of mercy and lack of compassion.

I asked a sister to share her love for the kids in Cambodia.  I heard her sharing many times before.  And every time I had to hold back the tears because it just hurts to hear kids being sold to brothels.

This morning, I was sharing to a brother that we don’t need great speakers or extra teaching.  The majority of the members in the mission team are highschool and university kids.  They are young (younger than me!) and in their young age, they already know all they need to know about loving our neighbors.

The greatest motivation is to see someone lives out what Jesus teaches and obey Him.

I can listen to a great sermon or read a good book.  But to hear someone counted his/her cost to follow the Cross, in tears, in exertion in seeking the Holy Spirit..the longing to see His Kingdom coming down……that’s all the motivation I need.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:31 – 11:1

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