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by Trever Carter

Multiply: the idea of disciples training disciples, essentially looking from one person to the next and seeing a literal chain of God’s glory being spread by tight-knit relationships among followers. That gets me excited, and is where my heart has been for the past few months. Conveniently for me, it is exactly what Josh has begun to preach on at youth group… a God thing in and of itself.

Being in a mentor-mentee relationship for over a year now, I have seen how discipleship from another person has and is exponentially growing my faith and I hope working in the other person’s favor as well. A glass is not always meant to be filled up and filled up again or else the water will eventually grow stagnant. Over the past few months, I have been learning that part of growing in my faith is pouring the water that God has given me out onto others so that not only they are replenished, but I am also filled up with new life. That analogy has really been a convicting and motivating idea for me. I am so eager to continue what has been passed on to me so that I may be a part of the chain with God’s glory being shown through the web that falls behind me.

But as this concept goes through my head so does the one about what it means to truly follow Jesus.  For if I myself am not like my Teacher, how am I to expect others to know their Teacher through me? Following Jesus means giving it all up, being all in, counting the cost yet saying that you are willing to pay the price.  I don’t know about you all, but that truly scares me, especially as I have been faced with that question fairly recently.

When Jesus asks us to give something up and follow Him, it may not be a new car, new camera or a valued relationship. While that may be the call for some of us, Jesus can call us to give up other things as well: a rough or hard relationship, a long-lasting grudge or even an entire area of  life that hasn’t had Jesus as the center of it.  Things of this nature, I am learning in my own life through discipleship, are more commonly asked to be given up. Through tight-knit relationships with close friends, a strong bond with a mentor and a firm walk with God, He has been able to point these areas out to me.  Not only has He been able to point them out to me, but He has given me the strength to follow through, people to keep me accountable and the ability to grow to be more like Him. That has made all the difference.

Praise God for these firm convictions! A call to be all in, so that eventually I may pour my glass out in abundance.  A call to alter my life so that I am filled with His Spirit. A call to actively pursue Jesus in all aspects of my life, not just be passively interested. In doing all of this, I cannot wait to see where God takes me concerning discipleship.  I pray that we all realize what God is calling us to and for each one of us to see what it means to follow Him. I am pumped to see where God leads me now and how He will use me to multiply His kingdom.

The call is always there, and we do not have to be afraid for all is possible with the strength He gives us:

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” Matthew 28:18-20

565825_494718303883308_1511035050_nTrever Carter is a sophomore at Grayslake North High School. He enjoys running, playing lacrosse, and photography. He also likes to write, serve with the church, and spend time with his friends.

2 thoughts on “ICYouth: A Glass Filled {Trever}

  1. Preach it brother trev! If only we could all grasp the idea of being filled up after being poured out. God is trying to fill us with new goodness each day. Thanks for the encouragement to pour myself out daily to recieve a fresh dose of God actively living himself out through me!

  2. Trever, Thanks for such great insight into His Word! I love the analogy of stagnant water vs. renewed and how God wants us to pour out Him into others.

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