You Can’t Offer What You Ain’t Got!

Those of you who deal with young adults know how frustrating that can be. Many times they’ll ask for advice and do completely opposite of what you tell them. I remember talking to one of my ‘spiritual sons’ one day, and feeling rather exasperated, I finally said, “You know what? I’m just wasting my breath.” With the most pitiful, heartbroken look on his face he said, “Do you think that I don’t listen to you?!” I told him yes, I did think he listened to me, but that some things can only be understood with spiritual maturity and that was something I couldn’t do for him. Trust me! If spiritual maturity could be beat into a person, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all to take a baseball bat to a few of them!

The other thing that drives me crazy is the seemingly constant stream of them asking for money! Granted, for the most part, they’re good to pay it back, it’s just….,well, y’all know what I mean. One time though, I offered money and right before said young person was supposed to stop by and get it, I realized that both of our checking accounts were overdrawn!!! OMGosh! Sorry bout your luck son! I seriously busted a gut! Steve had made a night deposit, so I wasn’t worried, but it wouldn’t go in for a few more hours. Any other time I’d have money to give and fuss about giving it! I offer money and then have none to give!

I sent them a text telling them of the dilemma. I’m sure they were secretly in panic mode, because they needed gas money to get somewhere important. But I assured them I could scrape up enough change to get them to where they needed to go. Thank God gas prices had went down! And thank God Steve chunks all his change in a bucket! I scraped up ten bucks, put it in a cup, and handed it to them with a smile.

You can’t give money when you’re overdrawn, and the same goes spiritually speaking. If we get overdrawn spiritually there’s no way we can minister to others. We can do all the good our bodies can physically do, but if we’re not making time to spend alone with our Heavenly Father, then our ministry will become ineffective. We have to make regular deposits into our spiritual accounts! And not just dropping something into the night deposit! I mean, we need to walk through the doors of the bank, so to speak, converse with The Teller, and personally make a deposit! Yes, it takes a little more effort than tossing something in the night deposit, but if we build a relationship with The Teller, should we happen to make an error, (and we will) He’ll gladly fix our statements for us and get us back to the good! He’s sweet like that!

We’re all called to minister. I don’t know what that may look like for you, but we should always pray for God to put people in our paths to minister to. It could be awkward, and it could even be someone we don’t like! Or we could possibly want to beat them with a spiritual baseball bat!! But you know what? It’s not about us or our feelings! It’s about getting one more for Jesus! Or as I like to put it GOMFJ! Especially go after the young ones! They’ll be taking care of us one day! :-/ I don’t know about y’all, but I want the ones who’ll be wiping my butt, one day when I’m old, to be doing so with the love of Christ in their heart! And money that didn’t come from me in their pockets!! 🙂

So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:1-5

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