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Last Sunday our youth minister honored all the high schoolers in a special way.  He took time to research each of the saints and match them with a teen’s personality, talent or interests.  It soon became a congregational guessing game as he described each saint- who was like that? There were giggles and finger-pointing in loving jest. Each student, one by one as they were identified, received a simple cross he had painted with our church’s name and the year. Yet, they received so much more.

normal_agkkyproyThese teenagers received recognition for being themselves – unique and precious in the eye’s of this minister, the congregation, and yes, in God’s eyes. They were applauded for their talents, their contribution to the youth group, and their individual worth.

This young minister made the effort to get to know each teen personally and to research which saint they resembled. That conveyed how much he valued them. He had spent time thinking of them. Each of them was important to him and the church. What a message!

Remember the old song? “I sing a song of the saints of God…. for the saints of God are folk just like me, Lord, help me to be one, too.”

Which saint to you resemble? My friend, you are uniquely and wonderfully made. You are a saint of God if you believe in Christ, have opened your heart to have Him come dwell in you, and are being changed by His presence. He qualifies you for sainthood.

Just like those teenagers, receive His cross and be thankful. You have worth in the kingdom of God.

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. (Colossians 1:11-12, ESV)




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