This past fortnight at GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting their Saviour) Our primary aged girls ministry at BPCC. I was reminded of the importance of adults who ‘stand in the gap’ for our young people. Over the past year one of our GEMS has been living in a foster situation. We have really seen her grow and change and develop a new found confidence in who she is. Sadly for us, but a positive step for her, is that she will not be returning to GEMS as she is moving back to be with her own family. One thing I am very grateful for is that over the past year, she has had adults stand in the gap for her. People who have provided her with basic needs and more importantly love and care. She has also had the GEMS team stand in the gap for her spiritually. This past year at GEMS she learnt that God Loves Her and that His word is the source of truth, and is where we should turn when searching for, truth in our messed up world. I am grateful that we have been able to share this message with her, and my heart was warmed as we gave her, her very own bible. She was carrying it around like her biggest treasure, it was a beautiful sight.
Though our time having an influence on her young life may have been short, it was im-portant. We now pray that she will remember the things that she has learnt at GEMS through the rest of her life.
The bible tells us that it is primarily parent’s responsibility to disciple their children, but sometimes for various reasons that isn’t possible; that is where you and I come in to play.
Who are you standing in the gap for? The gap between God’s design and a world reality.
Who are sharing the love of Jesus with?
It may be a child, a teen, a young adult or maybe even another adult. Your influence on a persons life may be short or lifelong, either way; I challenge you to make it count. Share the Gospel, Show the Gospel and Live the Gospel!
Titus 2 I am reminds us of this, we are told to influence those around us:
3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger wom-en to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In every-thing set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.