We travelled to Forest Home two weeks ago and were turned around due to extreme weather. This weekend we travelled to Forest Home, not to be denied. There were obstacles that we had to overcome this year, but God provided a way. He blessed us in ways we couldn’t have imagined. We had an absolute blast this last weekend - hanging out, eating junk food, playing games, laughing, zip lining, carpet balling, dancing, etc.
But the best parts of the weekend were moments of singing songs to praise Jesus, digging into God’s Word and being challenged to live with Jesus on the throne of our lives, and the hours of formative cabin conversations.
This weekend, we gave Colossians 3:1-4 a deeper look - and here’s what it says,
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven - a seat of high honor that He rightfully deserves. We asked the question this weekend: who sits on our own personal “throne” of our lives? Who is the ruler of our lives? Maybe for some of us, striving for popularity is the main lord of life, and we'll do whatever it takes to win the approval of others. Maybe for some, it is just pure selfish motives that rules our lives - always looking out for number one (self). Jesus wants to sit on the throne of our lives as Lord, but we have to invite Him in first. Once we do, if we do, our lives are completely changed - we have an actual relationship with the Creator of the universe, we have hope enteral to look forward to, we have forgiveness for our shortcomings, we have peace and comfort in difficulties, we have real purpose in life. We are encouraged to set our minds on things above - no longer focus on meaningless earthly things, but may our minds be completely in line with the mind of Christ.
I am extremely excited to say that two students made that commitment this weekend for the very first time - surrendering their own spot on their “throne," replacing self with JESUS for the Lord of life. We had many more students who were spiritually rejuvenated and motivated to recommit their lives to give the throne back to Jesus, after a time of wandering… To God be all the glory for the life transformation over this last weekend. Please keep these students in your prayers, as now coming back from the mountain top experience, its time to put the faith to the test - to get back into routine, school, stresses, etc… It’s too easy to be on fire for God at Christian camps, but pray that these students can carry their renewed faith into their lives from here on out! God is good. Praise Him!