Nic woke up the teens this morning with a very interactive reading of 1 Corinthians 12. He had them respond with a specific action for key words in the scripture. They would stand, clap, stomp and yell out as they heard the scripture and responded to their cues. After the lively reading of the scripture, Nic reminded the kids that they all have a part to play as members of the Body of Christ. And then he asked, “Are you willing to finish what you started this weekend?”
“I know what God started, He is going to finish. But some of us are great starters but we aren’t great finishers,” Nic admitted. We can have a great momentum coming out of a weekend like this, with a lot of good intentions, and then we gradually lose our excitement. When things get rough, we tend to abandon our plan.
We cannot do this alone. We are not meant to do it alone. The apostles felt lost when Jesus died. But Jesus did not abandon them. He gave them the Church. He gave US the Church. Nic said, “If you feel lost and don’t know what to do, look to the Church- where there is 2000 years of teaching and tradition with the lives and the stories of the Saints to inspire us and lead us. So if we don’t know where to go, the Church is there.” Nic stressed to the teens, “You are not the future of the Church, you are the Church now. You belong to the Church and the Church belongs to you.”
Nic then read from Romans 12:4-5- “For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another.” Paul is saying that we need each other.
Nic held up a lego and talked about how the lego, by itself, has no purpose. The lego, by its design, is not meant to be by itself. When you put them together, they can create something amazing. We are like the lego. We are designed to fit into a bigger picture. We are designed to be a part of a whole. Nic finished by telling them, “You have a role in the body and the Church needs you to stand together, to support each other within the Church. So we can go out and make a difference!”