Real Youth Workers Tell The Gospel

There is a phrase in programme circles that goes something like “real programmers ship”. The point being that lots of people say they right code, but real ones actually get the code out of the door and into the rest of the world. You get it in football too. Dozens of managers seem to make press conferences in which they say “we’ve had a good season, we’re rebuilding and making progress as a team”. They say this while the other manager says “we’re doing alright, but we’d like to score a few more goals when we get the advantage like we did today”. Real football teams win matches, they don’t talk about rebuilding or forming as a team, they win stuff.

The tendency to talk about doing stuff, or think about doing stuff is fairly epidemic in Christian work. It’s fairly epidemic in Christian life. We read stuff, we think about things, and then we say “yeah, we’re putting that into practice, it’ll take a bit to seep in and stuff, we’ll get there.” “We’re building up relationships in order to tell people about Jesus.” “We’re taking our time to get to know the young people”. Real Christians do stuff. They put things into practice. When the word of God tells them to do something, they do it. Real youth clubs tell the gospel.

Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”