The youth minister at First Baptist Church of Eupora said his “call to ministry” was “gradual, involving a lot of uncertainty and seeking the Lord’s will” above his own; however, for Cody Robertson, it is clear that God has plans for him to serve God through the church.
Robertson is from Richland and was raised in a Christian home. Upon entering the youth group at his home church, he quickly rose to be one of the leaders of the group, even though he was one of the youngest.
“My youth minister in some ways mentored me, always taking me with him to visit students or preparing for worship on Wednesday nights,” Robertson said. “We would talk a lot about ministry and what it is to be a minister, and how it is much more than just a job, but a calling. That is when the idea of ministry first sprouted for me, but I did not necessarily feel called by God, so I shrugged the thought away.”
Throughout high school Robertson continued to serve the Lord through the church by going on camps, helping with children’s church, evangelism outreach, and mission trips. In each area, the people serving alongside him would ask if he felt he was called to ministry, yet his answer was still unsure.
“As I entered into college at Mississippi State University, God really began breaking my heart for His church,” Robertson said. “The more hurt I saw, the more I desperately wanted to encourage and build and strengthen the church.”
Robertson became heavily involved with his local church, and even interned for a church one summer. In addition, God sent him across the world twice, once to Southeast Asia and once to Europe, where Robertson worked alongside the churches there, encouraging and evangelizing. “Throughout all of this, I was constantly seeking the Lord’s guidance and asking Him to reveal His plans for me, particularly with ministry,” Robertson said. “Again, in each capacity I served, those who were with me encouraged me to pursue ministry.”
As Robertson was struggling through this decision, God revealed to him the verse, Philippians 2:13, “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
“I have always wanted to be in ministry,” Robertson said. “I have a great passion for the church, and I have always had those around me encouraging me that this is where God is calling me; however, I never had this great moment or ‘calling’ where I knew this is what God wanted me to do, until I read this verse. Through this verse, God gave me peace and clarity for this decision. He reminded me that He was the one who put this desire in me in the first place, He is the one who has made me so passionate towards leading His children, and He is the one who has given me the ability to do so.”
Last semester Robertson was living on the campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and taking classes. He enjoyed his time there, however, he had this internal struggle.
“Everything I was learning in seminary was great and truly useful, but I had nowhere to pour out the things I was taking in,” Robertson said. “After that semester, I began seeking out ministry opportunities. I was directed to Eupora by Colton Hardin, who at the time was leading a summer Bible study for the youth group. I began praying through this opportunity, and believe this is where God is leading me to serve.”
Robertson graduated from Mississippi State University in December 2015 and he is currently taking classes through New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary at an extension branch in Clinton. He travels to Clinton every Monday for coursework.
“My hope for the students of Eupora is that they would strive each and everyday to know God and to make Him known,” Robertson said. “I do not have any set plans as to the Bible studies and programs I hope to start as of yet, but I am excited about getting to know the youth on a personal level. I am just really excited to be here, and I cannot wait to see all that God has in store for this youth and this church.”
Outside of work and school, Robertson considers himself a big sports fan, who would prefer playing over watching, but will gladly do either. While at Mississippi State, Robertson was the P.A. announcer for the volleyball and tennis team, and even announced a few of the baseball games.
Rev. Travis Gray, pastor of First Baptist Church of Eupora, said the church is blessed to have Robertson “serving the Lord with us” at FBC Eupora.
“As a pastor, it is very encouraging to see a young servant with a humble heart and an excited spirit,” Gray said. “During times of transition, it is easy to lose focus of what is important. I am amazed at how God working in spite of us. He has a perfect plan if we will just stay out-of-the-way. I guess it would be better to ask Him to please us perfectly where He knows we will fit. I believe God has done that with Bro. Cody. I look forward to serving with Him.”
For more information about the youth group at FBC Eupora, go to http://www.fbceupora.com.
See this story in the October 5, 2016 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2016/10/06/fbc-eupora-names-new-youth-minister/
See a portion of this story in the September 22, 2016 edition of the FBC Eupora newsletter at br-newsletter-9-22-16