It’s really easy sometimes to make ourselves the focus; to try and work harder to achieve our goals. Sometimes these goals are not bad, they may be Godly. For instance, at the moment one of our visions for the youth ministry is to see a passionate Christ-centred culture at youth. This is a great thing. It brings glory to Christ! But many times I’ve caught myself thinking that I need to do something to create this culture myself, as if I have the power to do it! It’s completely opposite to what God teaches us. The Bible shows that Jesus has always come first, not us. We have never been the centre of the story; Jesus came down to us, we didn’t go up to Him.
It’s human nature though isn’t it? It can be so natural to look at ourselves and rather than removing ourselves completely from the picture and just gazing at Jesus. This has bothered me many a time on the lead up to Friday nights. I can see myself thinking that I need to do well, speak well, be clear and be fun in order to get the message across to the youth. But when we focus on ourselves and strive through our own strength it removes Christ’s power from the situation. When I do this I just need to stop; take the limelight off myself and reflect on God’s character, His goodness, His power. He is sovereign and He is trustworthy, I know he has a plan for each one of us at youth. One scripture that has always brought me peace Ephesians 2:8 – ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God’
It’s such an amazing verse that reminds me of God’s sovereignty in my life, in my family and at youth on Friday nights. We leaders gather together at the start of the night to pray because we know that in and of ourselves we can do nothing! Luke 18:27 – Jesus said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” As I’ve pondered these things slowly I feel as though I’m growing less aware of myself at youth and more aware of God. It’s great! Just last Friday night we had a message and almost every hand in the room was up to say that they wanted to follow Christ! I don’t know whether the youth really understood what that meant or whether they really saw Jesus that night as they made that decision; but I do know that I can trust God to be working in our midst and that is something that brings me great joy and peace.
Have a great week Church and trust in the sovereignty of God.