This past Sunday evening we had an Ordination Service at my home church in Milan, Illinois. For most folks, this may not seem all that interesting, but from my point of view, it was a very big deal, for the young man who was being ordained into the Christian Ministry was my step-son Steven. Being an elder myself, I was a part of the ordination; a rare honor.
Steven is a fine young man, and I know that he is going to be great in the Lord’s service. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, I am slightly biased in my assessment. However, my own person bias does not in any way lessen the simple fact that he is destined for great service for our Lord.
Thinking back on the way things have progressed over the years, there were many times when Steven might not have seemed a likely candidate for the ministry. He was a kid like any other, sometimes very bright, other times kind of goofy. He was a hard worker when he was doing something he wanted to do, and not such a great worker when he wasn’t. He liked to laugh at dumb jokes, dress badly, eat and breathe all sports all the time, and wasn’t in any great rush to grow up… Yes, he was a kid being a kid; often I wish I could be a kid again!
All though his growing-up years, he was very inquisitive; he could drive a guy crazy asking questions, and like so many teenagers he also liked to argue for argument’s sake… When the right time came he began to put childish things aside. He was married three years back to a beautiful and wonderful young lady named Chelsea, and suddenly “the kid” became a man. He graduated from college the day after his wedding, and it wasn’t all that long of a time after that that he decided to go back to school for the ministry (working full-time as well). Now he has his first preaching position at a church in Franklin, Illinois, and last night he returned “home” with his elders from Franklin where we ordained him; yes these are the times when we think back…
Aside from how proud we are of Steven, what’s the “moral of the story?”
The power of the Gospel message is beyond anything we can imagine. It is powerful enough to take a young man who is headed in different career paths and bring him into full-time service of Jesus Christ. With a little bit of mentoring, quite a bit of patience and love, anyone can come to point where they are willing to devote their lives to the service of others, and you cannot pre-judge the situation. Is there a young man or a young lady in your life that you can have some kind of influence on… or maybe steer toward someone else who might mentor them in a way as to bring them into God’s service? Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that I was instrumental in this, my part is only that of planting a little seed and giving encouragement from time-to-time; others did the work with the Holy Spirit playing the leading role. The point is that just taking an interest can be a key factor in a young person’s life.