As I write this we are in the full swing of final preparations for the upcoming youth rally with the J.J. Weeks Band, Greyson Lambert, and more importantly, youth from all around our region. Excitement is building, boxes are being checked, and this work is being bathed in prayer. It is my hope that by the time these words reach you, we will have been witness to an incredible work of God uniting students in the name of our Lord for the display of His glory. But it doesn’t end there.
I often find myself so intensely focused on one objective, one major event, that I can lose track of its purpose in the greater scheme. This rally is a jumping off point, a chance to preach the gospel and excite the youth of this area about the work of furthering the kingdom. It is, in many ways, an invitation to a new perspective that calls us into a life of faithfulness, even when it isn’t so glamorous.
This is the stuff of the everyday, the commitment to continual labor, the long obedience in the same direction. It is the weekly meeting together, devoting ourselves to the teaching of the apostles and prophets, building one another up that we may build others in. And so the church grows, day by day, like a tree planted by streams of water producing fruit in its season.
For that to happen we must look beyond the excitement of concerts and fun. A life of following Christ is hard work, demanding sacrifice and calling on us to lose ourselves in pursuit of Him. If we are going to call our youth to this kind of life, we have to make sure we paint for them a realistic picture, not one that glamorizes and paints a sheen of glitter to hide the hard stuff, but that reveals the secret of facing both plenty and want, a contentment in being a part of the great mission of Christ to recreate this world. In this is the glory of our faith.
So I would ask that you join me. Join me in encouraging our youth toward a long obedience in the same direction. Join me in painting the picture of a deeper glory. Join me in building a ministry that will sustain these young followers throughout their lives, built not on excitement, but on the deeper stuff of trusting in and falling in love with a glorious Savior.
We have seen His glory in this moment. We have had a glimpse of the awesome glory of the eternal celebration we will join in at the end of time. Now let us commit to the work we have been given of driving back the darkness, bit by bit and day by day. And let us find our satisfaction in Him.
Soli Deo Gloria!