We’re going through an exciting blog series on our fantastic 2016 ENGAGE interns! The Precept campus was filled to overflowing with blessings during the 10 week program. We’ve said it may times before, but this group of interns was such a gift from the Lord!
So you know, we have many reasons why we want to share what God has done with and in each of the ENGAGE interns. Our desire is for these blogs to:
— encourage your faith
— give you more insight into the ENGAGE internship
— spur you on to excitement for what God does to shape our hearts when we seek Him
— show you the transformation and life change the interns experienced through Scripture and community
Though we had not had the pleasure of working with Megan before this past summer, Transform Student Ministries had complete peace that the Lord was preparing the way for a sweet and mutually encouraging relationship with this recent college grad. In her intro blog she said, I want to help equip young women and men to be able to withstand whatever comes their way by helping them become deeply rooted in the Word.
If you haven’t read her story, you should check it out. What she had to say mirrors our mission at a deep level, and testifies that the longing the Lord puts into our hearts for Himself can and should be kindled, fostered, and encouraged. That’s what the body of Christ, the church, does: build one another up in love (Ephesians 4:2).
Megan condensed what she learned this summer with a powerful statement:
This summer I learned that life-transformation has to be a work of the Holy Spirit.
Wait. Megan just said that it has to be whose work? It can’t be hers or anyone else’s?
I can teach and prepare all I want but the Holy Spirit is the only one who can give understanding and bring people from death to life. My words are weak and not eternal. Therefore, I realized even more than I had before the internship just how important it is to know God’s word for myself.
It’s so easy when we are doing “God’s work” to feel like we are actually the ones doing it. But Megan learned such an important lesson. It’s not just a lesson about humility and meekness; it’s a lesson about freedom and hope. When we keep in perspective that life and death is not within our capabilities, it frees us to obey God and to focus on our own hearts before Him.
With that being said, I absolutely loved teaching and watching the Holy Spirit reveal truths to the students in His way and His timing.
We love that Megan said this too! Because it is one of our absolute favorite things to see God work, and to know that it is not because of our hands or mouths.
In Exodus 14, the Egyptians were chasing after the Israelites (just after Pharaoh finally released them from their slavery to follow God). Understandably, the Israelites saw armies of men and chariots and horses marching toward them; in response, “they became very frightened,” cried out to God, and started accusing Moses of bringing their deaths instead of freeing them from slavery. (Ex. 14:10-13)
How did Moses respond to their accusations and cries?
But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.”
While you keep silent.
We have to be courageous and choose to trust God instead of being fearful? We don’t get to close our eyes? We don’t even have to fight with our words?
Will. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent. He did for Megan. He did for the campers. He did it as we sat before His Word and asked for Him to meet us and teach us there. And He will do it again and again.
So what does this lesson mean for Megan now that she is home from the internship?
I hope to continue teaching high schoolers God’s Word by using the inductive study method…I realized that if I want to be a leader amongst my generation of believers I must lead by be willing to dig deep in Scripture for myself every day.
We know that God will continue to nourish His people from the Words of His mouth (Deuteronomy 8:3)!
In His grace,
Megan & The Transform Team