Fellowship for Young People
Team Priests - No Lone Soldiers, No Solo Missions
It is nearing the end of September 2015. For some it signals the close of just the first month of school while for many it heralds the homestretch of the first semester. Either way, it is time to check how many you have brought to the Lord already. We hope no one will put this matter off. We must face this and be desperate about this. If we are desperate, we would pray and not let the Lord go. He will honor this.
In the New Testament, to gain people for the Lord is to offer them as spiritual sacrifices to God. Romans 15:16 tells us, "That I might be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, a laboring priest of the gospel of God, in order that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, having been sanctified in the Holy Spirit." First Peter 2:5 says, "You yourselves also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." Both verses show that gospel work is actually a priestly service. It is spiritual and holy. Moreover, it is not to be undertaken alone.
Perhaps it escapes the attention of many that the offering of sacrifices as mentioned by Peter is done by a priesthood. This word in the original Greek is not referring to the office or service of a priest but to a body, a group, or an assembly of priests. Furthermore, we see this priesthood, this body of priests is in such a oneness- they are a spiritual house built up with living stones, joined and fitted together. We must believe that this oneness, harmony, and one accord is not mere human camaraderie but the result of being vitalized by coming to the Lord (v. 4). By contacting the Lord, spending adequate time with Him, we will be made living and will be built with others to be a priestly team, able to gain people for the Lord.
At this point, we pray that none would allow themselves to remain fruitless, barren. Whether you have tried to share the gospel to your classmates or not, the fact is so far no one has been led by you to salvation. We hope this article can both bother you as well as give you some help. First, bring your barren condition before the Lord, cry out to Him, and if you are so led within, even fast. The Lord will not hide Himself. He will shine on you and you will see the things in you that are hindering you from bearing fruit: failures, mistakes, wrongdoings, transgressions, trespasses, etc. When we confess them and deal with them thoroughly, we will be vitalized. Then we must get a companion or two with whom we can labor in the gospel. The Lord has prepared such ones around us. We just need to ask the Lord to lead us to them. They may not be our buddies but we are not forming a friendship club anyway. We are seeking companions who will labor with us. In a sense, to gain people for the Lord is not easy. That is why it is a labor. However, the Lord provides us certain ones, perhaps two or three, with whom to share the burden, fellowshipping and praying together in order to bring people to the Lord. If we would have close and intimate fellowship with them regarding our burden concerning saving our friends and classmates, praying much and with a desperate attitude, it may not take long before we gain someone. Then we proceed to feed and teach this new one until he is a remaining fruit.
Concerning companions, we must point out that they may be older or younger, in the same class or from a different school, fellow student or working, perhaps even elderly. When a young Watchman Nee was having trouble leading his friends to Christ, it was a much older Miss Groves who helped him pray. The Lord sent out his disciples (who were mostly Galileans and who should be close in age) two by two to preach the gospel. Even the Apostle Paul travelled and labored in the gospel with companions who were not as spiritually advanced as him. The point is the Lord knows we need companions in the gospel work and He prepares them for us. We must be faithful to open ourselves to fellowship and pray with them.
May the Lord bless the forming of the teams of priests and all their labor in the campuses these days.