Our youth are speaking and sharing what they have learned. The spirit of their young hearts and minds are fresh and teachable because they are yielding their whole self to the wisdom and the mantle that God has placed on its leaders. The youth sit vulnerable and willing as they speak just as Samuel did when the Lord called him into service in 1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV), “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Yet while we teach and mentor, there will come a time when the student becomes the teacher.
A good leader is willing to train others as they serve alongside them. John 13:12-15 (NIV) says, (12) “When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. (13) You call me Teacher and Lord and rightly so for that is what I am. (14) Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. (15) I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” So many times, I have sat back and watched as I listened to the voice of my students. I watched and listened with great attention as they gave revelation to me and to those around me. I felt such a sense of encouragement because it let me know that I have done what the Lord has required of me according to his word. When Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, he was preparing them to lead the ministry without him. He showed the disciples that he was not looking to have all the glory as the teacher or the leader. Jesus was concerned with the mission not the titles.
As a leader, our mission is to come together to train, teach, give, and sow what the Lord has endowed upon us; and to teach it to those that he has placed at our feet. We should always be reminded that we are cultivating what God has already placed within them. As a result, we will see the youth leading and building up those that are coming behind them, preparing another generation to become the teacher. Answering the call and completing the mission.
Let’s start a conversation on how you are teaching those coming up behind you. Leave your comments and share your experiences with us!
- – Medina Potter, ICDF/Moda Worship Arts Ministry