Last week we had our Youth Summer Mission…I’m still recovering! It truly was an amazing week…for me and hopefully for the many who were involved. The theme was REAL LIFE/REAL GOD…and I truly believe that the message of real life being found in Jesus alone came across powerfully throughout the whole week.
We served, we sang, we danced, we laughed, we cried, we listened…and as we listened I believe God spoke.
I really believe that through all that happened during the mission God spoke to us and revealed his heart to us.
God wants us to have FUN. We had so much fun…fun around the dinner table together, fun playing sport in the afternoon, fun when we tried to sleep at night…fun when we gathered together for worship in the evening, singing praise to Him. There was life about our praise…there should always be life when God’s people meet to sing praise to Him…
God wants us to believe that we are WITNESSES FOR CHRIST and that we carry a POWERFUL MESSAGE…a message that really is good news, a message that saves.
JESUS SAVES. He really does. He rescues lives from sin and separation from God and he restores that life to God. Tim Hughes writes (‘Jesus Saves’):
You save You heal
Restore, reveal, Your Father’s heart to us
You rose to raise us from the grave
Your Spirit lives in us
I discovered in a really fresh way again that Jesus saves. We witnessed Jesus saving young lives last week. And when it happens in someones life it is an amazing miracle that brings joy and hope and freedom…JESUS SAVES!
God wants us to LOVE and to SERVE. He wants us to make the most of every OPPORTUNITY…to love the lost, to serve others for the sake of his Kingdom…and in doing so be witnesses for Christ, taking every opportunity to speak about Jesus as Lord…
A big challenge for us is to really think like Jesus did and to really act like Jesus acted. Words ringing around my head all week were the words of Jesus in Matthew 25 when on that day when we meet him he will say, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
We must seek out, love and serve the least of these…
And finally…for myself and all involved at Summer Mission 09…I believe we must keep moving on into the year ahead…we must not settle for half-hearted living for Christ…I believe we saw and heard the heart cry of God for us as his people. We can never be the same. Let’s keep moving forward and let’s believe and live out the words of Romans 1:16 that say, ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…’