“…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)
Help your student leaders discover their identity in Christ. This will empower them to serve him according to God’s design for their lives. We aren’t called to be a duplicate of everyone around us, we are each an original masterpiece. Here’s a specific way you can challenge your students to G.I.V.E. their life away like Jesus:
Everyone is gifted by the Holy Spirit to do great acts of service in the name of Jesus. We are gifted to build others up, not feed our own selfish desires. We don’t need help being more selfish! Encourage your students to discover their gifting by looking at key biblical passages like: 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4.
We are created to be passionate. When Jesus looked upon the crowds, he was compassionate for them and taught them many things. Help your students discover the “crowd” that stirs their hearts for action. Our interests paint a target so we know where to aim our gifts. A person may have the gift of teaching, but whom will they teach? Little kids? Junior junior high students? Street kids in Kenya? Help your student leaders overcome their apathy and discover the deep interests of their heart.
This is the community piece in serving. We need advice because discovering our ministry is bigger than we are, a borader perspective is necessary. Even the most independent among us listen to others. When we walk with the wise, we gain wisdom. When we spend time with fools, we fall into harm. Challenge your students to seek valued advice from others about their ministry.
When we reflect on our experiences, we discover where God is moving and learn to follow his ways. God speaks to us in times of joy and times of pain. When life is good, it’s difficult to hear God because we’re easily distracted and rarely feel like we need help. God can also do great things in times of pain. We may not have all the answers, but he promises to comfort us. Through this comfort we can help others.
What’s missing? How else might a student leader hear God’s voice in their life?