Dear High-School, College, Just Started Out in the Work Force Individual of the Church,
So you want to change the world? You want to make a difference? You’re time is now.
You’re a Christian, and whether you became one yesterday or in kindergarten, you’ve got a job. In Matthew 28, Jesus’s final commands were this: Go. Make. Teach. Baptize. That’s more than youth Bible study on Wednesday nights. That’s more than your small group meeting at Starbucks. That’s more than just showing up for church on Sunday mornings.
It’s time that we, the young adults of the church, took the Gospel seriously. Why? Because we influence our peers and the generation below us. And as Southern Baptists, we have an amazing resource at our disposal. The Women’s Missionary Union has been helping the Southern Baptist Church fulfill the Great Commission since 1888, and it’s time that our generation took advantage of it.
Go. The WMU supports both foreign and domestic missionaries through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
Make. The WMU makes disciples through educational programs where participants learn about missionaries, missions efforts, and how to be involved in missions.
Teach. Each educational program spends time studying the Bible and teaches about God’s commands and promises.
Baptize. Through missions efforts and educational programs, the WMU helps the church make disciples. As southern baptist, we believe that the fist step after repenting and committing to a relationship with God, is baptism.
And just as you can use the WMU, the WMU needs you.
They need you to Go, by giving to these offerings and or participating in missions efforts around your community.
They need you to Make, by leading a WMU educational program or by leading missions efforts through your WMU chapter.
They need you to Teach, by educating your peers, younger generations and older generations about missions and God’s commands, whether this be by leading a WMU sponsored educational program pr following and sharing blog posts with your friends on social media.
And again, all of this leads to baptism.
If you really want to change the world, then you’ve got to start leading. In 1 Timothy 4:12, Paul writes,
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity”
Being young doesn’t give you an excuse to apathetic, or to dismiss your own ideas because you think somebody else will do something. Yes, you’ve still got a lot to learn, but that’s the beauty of a relationship with God. You keep learning. It doesn’t mean you can’t be a leader now.
So get out there and go. Get out there a make disciples. Teach them to obey God’s commandments so that you can baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.