Somewhere in the Twilight Zone, there is a world of young adults, hovering somewhere between ministry training and a permanent place of service.
- The high school graduate who just wants to be a faithful layperson, but keeps finding himself too swamped with work, friends, and PS3 to stay very motivated for the Lord’s work.
- The girl who finished Bible college but didn’t manage to land either a husband or an employer, so she’s “serving in her home church and awaiting God’s will for her life”.
- The 20-something preacher boy who wants to serve God 100%, but he’s wasting time on a low-wage job just to tide him over til a church hires him.
But the trouble with the Twilight Zone is that too many go missing. Work starts to crowd out soulwinning. Our circle of friends dwindles until all we’ve got left are unsaved coworkers. We go to Wednesday night Bible study and hope that’ll balance out the mindless TV and internet surfing that replaced our schoolday hours of reading and study. Within a couple of years, we still possess a form of godliness but we’ve become almost totally ineffective for God’s work.
In I Thessalonians 3, Paul confesses to the church what awful persecution he and his fellow-laborers are facing. He adds an interesting note, though – “Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity… Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.“
Our action here in the Twilight Zone – knowledgeable, but inexperienced; faithful, but uncertain – is what keeps others going. It’s what encourages the men in the trenches, the knowledge that they haven’t served God in vain, that there will be someone to stand in the gap when they’re gone. If we falter, they falter. If we stand fast, they can stand fast.
So to the Thessalonians – and to those of us in the Twilight Zone – I dedicate this blog.
- Not giving in to temptation
- Still learning, but never plateauing
- Love for the brethren
- Love for everyone else