Giving All

Hello all! I’m Peter and I am a recent addition to the Shift Youth and Community team! 😀

I began my internship with Fusion just before the Christmas break. Having just graduated from Cambridge, I am really excited to embark on this new and very different adventure.
‘Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’ (Matthew 16:24, NIV)
I have met up with the team from across the UK several times and have been consistently astounded by their determination and generosity to see young people built up and reached by Jesus. Many of them have sacrificed well paid careers to work in these communities, and all of them have invested huge amounts of time and energy into bringing God’s hope and life.
I am especially struck currently by the amount of effort the team is expending into try to make sure children have as great a chance for the future as possible. Our up and coming Re:Start project for kids at risk of exclusion begins very soon, and we are very busy planning and preparing for the exciting course.
In a way my SYC internship is part of my own giving to God: I am giving this year over to volunteer in Christian ministry, and explore his calling on my life. I have joined up to be a part of bringing Jesus’ love and restorative power to the people of Whitley. I would love to discover more of what God has in store for me in terms of Christian ministry.
While we are not all called into the everyday work that Fusion does, we are nevertheless all called to give of ourselves fully to Jesus and his Kingdom. In Matthew, Jesus says: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’ We are all asked to do our part in handing over control of our lives to God.
Jesus himself is the standard and perfect example of giving one’s all. In Philippians, Paul describes how Jesus:

‘Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.’ (Philippians 2: 6-7, NIV)

If God’s only son could give up his life and all his godly privilege for us, then we should do our bit too!

God’s generosity knows no limits, and neither does his reach. No matter how little you may think you have to give, God accepts our humble offerings. And no matter how desperate your situation, God’s provision stretches beyond the foundations of the world. He has given us his all, and that’s just what we need.

I am so excited to see what SYC has in store over the next few months! This ship of fools is about to embark!

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