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Staying Spiritually Fresh - Alive

Many youth ministers do all the right things but never really impact anyone for Christ or make any kind of difference in the lives of others.
Without spiritual health you will not make it in ministry. You can do all the right things but you must have a heat that’s tender to toward God and open to HIS leading. You have to be in love with Jesus yourself.
Being connected to God on a daily basis is more important that your youth ministry.
While looking at Externals is good when we evaluate our work, there don’t necessarily determine our spiritual condition.

Externals we often look at are:

Attending Church:
Small Group:
Quiet Time:

The Greatest Thing: Love the Lord with everything in you.

“True spirituality can be seen through visible activities such as going to church, sharing openly in a small group, and having meaningful quiet times. But spiritual health and Christian behavior don't always exist in a reciprocal relationship”
God is more concerned about your being than your doing.
Excerpt From: Doug Fields. “Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry.” Apple Books. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/your-first-two-years-in-youth-ministry/id398992695?mt=11
Matthew 22:36–39 NLT
36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” 37 Jesus replied, “ ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
One commandment is greater and the other is second in importance.
Have you ever said something like...
I can stop reading my bible now because I have enough for tonight’s message...
I don’t need to take time for prayer, we will pray tonight in youth...
I’m too tired to spend time with God today...
God wants us to lead a God focused life and not a ministry focused life. Ministry will flow out our our real and personal and living relationship with the Lord.

The Second Greatest thing: Love others

Matthew 22:39 NLT
39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Matt 22:
Faithfulness to the first command results in obedience to the second but not the other way around.
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