2017 is a year of great things, AWESOME things – this is what I felt today as The Cape Town North District of The Moravian Church launched the year through an uplifting and encouraging Worship and Workshop service.
The Pella Moravian congregation hosted us as Youth and we were led in a moving service under the theme GOD’s Chosen People. This was an encouraging and motivating service especially going into a new year with new challenges to face, we were encouraged to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. These words from Colossians 3 vs 12 – 17…
Colossians 3:12-17 New International Version (NIV)
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+3%3A12-17
..tied in perfectly for the rest of the day as we were reminded to go forth and become the LEADERS we are meant to be. GOD gave us all talents and dreams, we are all unique and if we clothe ourselves with the armour of The LORD we do not need to fear anything.
Leaders are not born, they are made…..and the MORAVIAN Church prides themselves on creating good Christian Leaders (in my opinion).
The workshop led by two of our young inspiring leaders in our Distict under the banner Christian Leadership, highlighted the challenges we will most likely face during this year but also gave us hope as young people – FUTURE LEADERS not only in our churches and communities but also this beautiful country of ours.
Points to ponder:
- A Leader Must Educate and Encourage Others
- A True Leader Seeks Righteousness
- It’s All About His Will/Not Our Will
- A True Leader Has Integrity
- A Leader Must Lead
What makes a Good Leader…..my answer is simple YOU MAKE YOURSELF a good leader, with your gifts and talents there is a position in which you’ll find yourself as a LEADER and if we believe in ourselves and again clothe ourselves with the armour of The LORD we do not need to fear anything. WE ARE THE CHOSEN PEOPLE.
In closing, like our Moravian Youth President so rightfully acknowledged and the emblem of The Moravian Church encourages –
Ons Lam het oorwin, Laat ons HOM Volg
He also left us with this qoute from Martin Luther King Jr pushing us forward into an AMAZING new year.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”