In case you don’t already know, we’re halfway through an exciting blog series on our fantastic 2016 ENGAGE interns! Though we’ve stepped into September, we’re still praising God for what He did on the Precept campus this summer. This group of ENGAGE interns was such a gift from the Lord; we just want to praise Him for working in and through their stories!
Our desire is for these blogs to:
— encourage your faith
— give insight into the ENGAGE internship
— stir your excitement for what God does to shape hearts when we seek Him
— show you snippets of transformation and life change the interns experienced through Scripture and community
Rachel shared her story with us just a few months ago. She talked about how Jesus’ statement “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” from Matthew 5:3 was a turning point in her life. Instead of being motivated by others’ opinions or a selfish desire to do the right things, Rachel got close to know the humility of the Savior.
Coming into the ENGAGE internship this summer, she said that she was actually excited about the unknown and was looking forward to what God would do. What kind of unknowns was Rachel walking in with?
I came to Precept with many different ideas and dreams of what I could do with my life. I was unsure whether I would “invest” in compassion ministries and foster care, teaching and discipling, worship and music, working with troubled teens etc. These are all good things so it was hard to tell where I would fit best in the Body of Christ.
That is a lot of unknowns. It feels like it has become harder and harder to be content as a young adult in our culture. Threat of unemployment, kids in the single-digit-ages being pressured to know what they want from college or what they ‘want to do with their life.’ Those kinds of pressures hit us from all sides in a world that finds success a prerequisite to happiness, far above faith. What did Rachel gain from this summer that addressed those unknowns in her life?
This summer, I have learned and have been affirmed in my giftings and strengths with which I can serve the Church. I learned that my future is not something I create on my own but something that God has planned out for me as I live in obedience to Christ. I learned that there is nothing I can do to mess up God’s sovereign plan for myself and His Church.
You may feel like that answer is a let-down. There wasn’t an earth-shattering moment in which God gave Rachel a vision for what direction she is supposed to go. But that’s the whole point! God met Rachel this summer to say that He is sufficient for her needs, and that she is sufficient in Him. That is so much better: to know a sovereign God who will be with us every step of the path, day in the life, and not an ungracious teacher who piles on homework and says “good luck, kid.”
If I had to sum up the whole internship in one word, I would choose the word “confidence.” This summer consisted of learning to grow in my trust in and dependence on the Lord through various training workshops and leadership opportunities. It has confirmed a desire in my heart to see people established in God’s Word and to move forward in confidence in the Lord to be a disciple maker.
Well, talking about confidence sounds great. But what did Rachel experience when that was put to the test during EQUIP Boot Camp this summer?
Confidence in knowing God will work through my weakness. This was something I learned during camp as I taught alongside my classroom teacher/mentor. I now have confidence in knowing God can use me to lead a classroom of students when I show up prepared and am dependent on the Holy Spirit to speak to each individual through the Scripture.
What about you? Can you say that if you were in a position of leadership that you would confidently depend on the Holy Spirit to speak through Scripture? Or would you feel the pressure to create an experience with your words or actions?
It may sound like a loaded question, or one that isn’t applicable to you right now; but Proverbs 18:21 says that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” What about the words you allow to be spoken in your heart about yourself? Do you depend on the Holy Spirit to teach you in the Scriptures, or do you feel like you have to do all the work yourself?
Rachel went home from the ENGAGE internship, saying:
I am so extremely grateful for the time spent at PMI this summer. My heart is overflowing with joy and excitement to serve the Lord and see Him transform lives through the study of the Bible.
We’re so encouraged to know that joy and excitement came from the Lord, and not Rachel trying to force anything! What a testimony to His goodness to prepare and please us with the works He has for our lives (Ephesians 2:10)!
Rachel & The Transform Team