For starters, my apologies that I haven’t posted on here in quite some time. July was a crazy busy month! We had short-term teams, events, and even worked at a camp in the South of France!
At this camp, I had the opportunity to preach for the first time ever. The theme for “ZeCamp” was “Nowhere else to go” based on John 6:68. The passage paints a vivid image of how true followers of Jesus Christ understand that only He is the truth. Only He has the way of Freedom, and what I spoke on [hopefully] reflected that.
Being my first time giving a sermon (I actually gave 3 for the duration of the camp), I wasn’t necessarily sure how it was going to go. I didn’t know how what it was going to be like. What it was going to feel like. What direction and words the Lord would speak through me. But by the grace of God, I discovered something that I love to do!
The first message that I gave reflected how we as Christians are going to inevitably be persecuted. How suffering for God is better than being successful according to this world. How if we are rooted in Him, there is nothing that can separate us from His great love.
The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3:12 “Indeed, all who desire to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…” How much clearer could this image be?
It seems to me that some have forgotten that we, as Christians, have been tasked with spreading the Gospel and God’s truth to a world that has rejected it. Seriously. I mean, look at what the world teaches us to be of value. That dream job. That perfect house. That car. What ever it may be.
Now if you own any of those things, I’m not saying you’re doing something wrong. Not in the slightest. God presents us opportunities and paths in life, and your future is affected by the choices that you make now.
What I’m saying is this: Even if you are blessed with these things, you cannot and must not forget who blessed you with them. He literally gives us everything that we need. Think of the story of the lepers in the Bible. How 10 of them were healed, but only 1 came back to Glorify and Praise Jesus for the miracle that He gave to them.
When you live for a worldly standard, your fight is not with the world, but your rebellion is against God.
When you live against God and rebel against Him, you’re bound to face persecution.
In comes 1 Peter 3:17. “For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”
Take a moment to reflect and think about what some of your hardships have been in your life. What persecution and trials have you faced since you decided to pursue God?
John 6:68 paints a picturesque moment where we are told that only the Lord has the words of eternal life.
The words of eternal life have an eternal impact on our lives.
Don’t choose to live according to the standards of this world. Don’t be conformed to the ways of rebellion against God. You have the answers to everything that you could ever need. The instructions of how you ought to live. Simply put, these are all found in the Bible.
Romans 8:35-37 tells us “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
I love this passage as it vibrantly shows that if we are rooted in God, nothing can keep us from reaching Him.
We know that the path of following Christ is difficult. We know that it will lead to hard things and difficult choices, but with endurance with being faithful to the Lord we overcome our burdens and have the ability to serve Him in capacities that we never thought possible.
There is no other way to salvation.
There is none like Him.
His words eternal. Overcome the world through faithfulness to Him.
(Keep reading for part 2!)