Written by Aaron Keller | Student Ministry Leader at Westbrook Community Church:
Recently, I have been working my way through the book of 1 John in the Bible, and one of things that stands out most to me in this book is the constant focus on the “simple” message we have as followers of Jesus. This is not to say that it is a shallow or easy message, but it is definitely not a complicated one. 1 John 3:23 says, “And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.” Simple, right? Love God, love others. Anyone can do that.
As someone who works in Student Ministry, this is a very encouraging and motivating truth. We live in a day and age that seems to often keep students from any kind of leadership responsibility. This ought not to be. I think this may partially be due to the fact that we have over complicated an uncomplicated message. However, when we realize that following Jesus is indeed so simple, it frees students (and everyone else in the church) to fully engage in the ministry. Oswald Chambers wrote that “God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose he has given them.”
In lieu of this truth, it has been so fun to see the students at Westbrook serve together with the larger church community on Sundays and special events. This week our church has its annual Pumpkin Giveaway and as a Student Ministry, we were able to help serve by going door-to-door handing out flyers for the event. It was an awesome experience for me to witness. The students were so bold and sincere in there conversations with the people they were inviting. I am time and time again blown away by how the students rise to occasion when it comes to serving. I am excited to see God work in the Student Ministry and church as we continue to dive deeper into this simple message of Jesus Christ and our responsibility, no matter what age we are, to follow and serve him.