At the beginning of our outreach, my team got the opportunity to help lead a young adults/youth night service at a church in the Engadine suburb of Sydney. It was really awesome as I got to help lead worship and share a testimony from something God had told me on my Discipleship Training School.
I had prepared a testimony about a time that I borrowed my grandfather’s car and had gotten into an accident. I knew I had to tell him in person that his car had gotten damaged, and I was afraid of how he was going to respond. I was worried that he wasn’t going to trust me again and that his view of me would change.
However, his first response to me was, “Forget about the car. Are you okay?”
I realised that that’s the same response God gives us. He sees each of us as a child who is valuable, and He says to us that we are His main priority and concern. We don’t have to try and hide away from Him the mistakes that we make.
It’s easier to say than it is to believe.
What I shared ended up fitting quite well with what the pastor shared that night, without even planning it. The message was all about the way God accepts us in friendship with Him no matter the amount of times that we go against Him. He loves each and every single one of us the same, and with an abundant amount of love; and that we need to remember that even when someone wrongs us, we should still love them the same way God loves us.
As I stepped out, I felt like God gave me new levels of authority and confidence to speak.
I love young people and connecting with their hearts. It’s something I want to do more in the future and it gave me fresh inspiration to keep being passionate about teens coming to know God. It was very encouraging to see their response, too, as they rushed forward to hug and thank us before we left. They knew God wanted them to hear those truths. It was overwhelming to see how God blessed us all beyond what I had expected because it wasn’t until afterwards that I saw how impactful it was.
Written by Liv Madigan & Ali Schrupp
Both Music & Arts DTS Students