Let me test your television trivia knowledge. Name this television program based upon this one sentence tagline … “your mission, should you choose to accept it, …”. If this question was being asked on the television game show Jeopardy, the music would begin right now and you would grab your marker to write your answer. Okay, time is up. Pens are down. Your answer? Mission: Impossible. I know that this was way too simple. Sorry, there’s no cash prize or boat or car for getting the correct answer.
Start the Mission: Impossible theme song in your mind.
(Insert your name here), let me give a brief history before giving the actual mission. In Jeremiah 1, God comes to a young boy and commissions him to impact the world. We all know that Jeremiah comes back with an excuse. Immediately, God puts an end to Jeremiah’s foolishness. Let me share God’s reply from a couple of translations.
“GOD told me, “Don’t say, ‘I’m only a boy.’ “
Jeremiah 1:7 (Message Bible)
“The LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.'”
Jeremiah 1:7 (New English Translation)
God’s response to Jeremiah’s excuses shows the importance placed upon the assignment that Jeremiah was positioned/crafted for in his mother’s womb. (Jeremiah 1:4-5). By setting Jeremiah free from these mental/spiritual entrapments, God could enable him to reach his destiny.
Recognize that these entrapments are not peculiar to just Jeremiah. Every boy and girl sitting in your ministry was placed here on this earth with an assignment. I will even dare to say that it is a supernatural assignment. The enemy has convinced each of these children that they are too young to do anything great for God.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be God’s mouthpiece and eliminate the “only” and “too” chains that restrain the children in your ministry. Preach and teach messages that will eliminate excuses and launch these positioned/crafted dynamos in their God-given assignments today! Give children opportunities to testify about how God used them in school/home/play. (Unlike the recorded message on the Mission: Impossible episodes, this message will not destruct in five seconds.)