Day 446: Prayer for the young people to enter into the church life and into the church service

Pray that the young people would be brought fully into the church life and into the service of the church, learning to function and being built up with some companions (S. S. 1:7-8 and note 81; 2 Tim. 2:22; 1:6; Rom. 12:11).

S. S. 1:7-8—Tell me, you whom my soul loves, Where do you pasture your flock? / Where do you make it lie down at noon? / For why should I be like one who is veiled / Beside the flocks of your companions? / If you yourself do not know, / You fairest among women, / Go forth on the footsteps of the flock, / And pasture your young goats / By the shepherds’ tents.

S. S. 1:81, Go—In her fellowship with her Beloved, the Beloved tells her to go forth from the place where she is kept away from the proper church life and to follow Him on the footsteps of the church (flock) and pasture her spiritual children (young goats) at the local churches (the shepherds’ tents), where He pastures His church…

2 Tim. 2:22—But flee youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

2 Tim. 1:6—For which cause I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

Rom. 12:11—Do not be slothful in zeal, but be burning in spirit, serving the Lord.

MINISTRY PORTION:

The young people should also learn to function in the meetings of the church. The young people who are high school age should begin to bear some responsibility in their spiritual family. You should attend the regular meetings of the church. At a minimum, you should not miss the bread-breaking meeting…

The young saints must bear this responsibility. When you come to a meeting, you should open your mouth and release your spirit; you should give testimonies, sing hymns, and give praises. In short, you should stir up your spirit. The stability of the older saints should not be viewed as a barrier to the lively and energetic release of the spirit by the younger saints. In the meetings, you should be active by singing hymns and by praying in a released way. Furthermore, your spirit should be uplifted, and you should release testimonies that are real and practical. There is a rich source, a living and fresh supply, within all the young people…

As energy and time allow, the young people should also take part in other miscellaneous services of the church. For example, you can serve in ushering, in the business office, or in cleaning. I rejoice to see that many services in the church in Taipei are being borne by the young saints. In a recent conference, close to two hundred saints were given hospitality. In order to receive these saints, much service was needed, including meal preparation and cleaning. Many of these services were taken care of by the young saints. This is a blessing to the church, and it is also something that will build up the church. In these services the young saints are spontaneously blended into the church life through the practical coordination and fellowship with saints of all ages, including their peers. This will help them greatly to grow in life and to manifest their function. (CWWL, 1968, vol. 2, “The Lord’s Recovery and the Fulfillment of God’s Desire,” ch. 10, pp. 71, 73)

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