I just returned from FUEL2018 “Mission” – a great event for youth which brought together students and staff from many states and Canada. It was better than a week of vacation or band camp or soccer camp or working that good old summer job. And what made it so powerful was our connection through God’s Word.
I enjoyed reminiscing about a missions trip I had taken with other staff members years ago – a trip in which our mission was to teach about God, His Word, His Son and His Coming Kingdom. I enjoyed the worship music which helped us praise our Creator (which we read about in Genesis) and remember the sacrifice of His Son, our Savior (as recorded in the gospels). The general session teachings, classes, workshops and family group times brought Godly men and women speaking God’s Word and how it had impacted them and those they knew. They spoke wisdom from the Scriptures on who God is, what He desires from His children, who His Son is and how to grow a personal relationship with Him.
And, then we all went home.
Perhaps in some small way we can feel the emotional let-down of the disciples as they watched Jesus ascend into heaven and then asked themselves – what next? They had been so close to God’s representative – his own Son – and now they were separated? How would they continue learning, growing, acting in his name – without his bodily presence and audible words there to guide the way.
So, too, we can feel a little lost and let-down upon leaving such a spiritually pumped up place as FUEL. But, remember, you are not alone!
Stick close to your Christian brothers and sisters and mentors. Get into church this morning – and throughout the year! Listen well to God’s Words through your pastor and SS teacher and worship leader and youth leader. Ask questions, look for connections, serve the church body, talk to the lonely, encourage the weak, invite a friend, share what inspired you at FUEL, and then make an opportunity to meet up with some faithful followers sometime this week to encourage and strengthen one another. In a section sometimes titled “Call to Persevere” the writer of Hebrews gives these directions: “ And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24,25). Don’t try being a lone-ranger Christian. You need the body of believers – and they need you!
And, just as you wouldn’t dream of not eating again until you were back on Manchester’s campus next July, don’t waste away from a lack of God’s Word! Keep serving yourself daily portions of God’s Word – for this is your source of spiritual food and nourishment. You are not going home alone when you are going home with God’s Word. It is here He reveals himself, His love for you, His precious Son, His plan for the ages, His goals and dreams for you, and the Mission He has given you. It is here he shares all truth and how to be wise against deception and evil. You can not protect yourself from falling for false worldly Gods if you do not know the true God in His Word. It is here you learn of His all-mighty power, holiness, wisdom, presence, mercy, forgiveness, as well as His fatherly (good) discipline when needed to help you stay where He wants to bless you.
This blog/email list of daily devotions is one way we want to encourage you to stay in God’s Word every day. God’s Words are the Best Words. Every week you will read daily devotions written by someone in our FUEL family who is passionate about God – and YOU – and wants to help keep you connected to Him through a deeper understanding of His Word. Thank you to Aaron Winner who wrote during FUEL on the MISSION we have! The week before I wrote on an overview of the Old Testament, so this week we will continue on with an overview of the New Testament. So, come back tomorrow ready to jump into the gospels! You can be thinking about . . . what do you most appreciate about Jesus? What is your favorite miracle? Favorite parable? See you tomorrow!
You are Not Alone,