>Lessons Learned – Part 3

>The percentage “game” continues to be a huge part of the problem of discipleship. It is certainly not unique to teenagers, though playing the percentage game as a Christian teen significantly impacts the continuance of the problem as an adult.

Colossians 3.4 reads, “When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (emphasis obviously added)

So the question I pose to myself often (but not often enough), and present to both teens and adults, is simple yet telling…is Christ part of your life, or is He your life?

I wish Midland or any other youth ministry had the opportunity and direction to hold a week of youth camp “by invitation only.” Coordinating with youth pastors a list of students who seem to be intent and intentional on serving the Lord would be put together, invitations sent, and a week of genuine “feeding of the sheep” rather than trying to “entertain the goats” would transpire.

In most camps there is a “fun” event after the evening chapel…thus students and staff are torn between responding to God’s challenge and recognizing that “hey, I might miss the fun” or “what if our schedule gets off track”?

In over thirty summers of speaking at 5-8 youth camps each year I can recall only twice when the evening “event” was cancelled…and both of those incidents (one in Maryland, the other in Missouri) were as close to Biblical revival as I’ve seen.

Lord, do it again…and help us to get out of the way, out of “the way we do it,” out of our bondage to schedules.

>COMPLETE!

>“You are complete in Him. What words are these, from the same man who says, ‘In me dwells no good thing?’ May we learn to rejoice in Christ Jesus, while we learn, also, to have no confidence in the flesh.
It was so with the apostle. He felt that anything was too hard, the simplest thing too difficult, without Christ; the work before him only became possible—easy—when the promise was fulfilled—’My grace is sufficient for you; and my strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Then he could confidently say, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’

Yes, Christian, although in your daily course you seem to struggle in your duty, and though nothing seems to go on satisfactorily, be assured of this, so long as you are really looking to Christ and relying upon Him—so long is He working in you by His Spirit—however difficult may be your tasks, you will make progress. You perhaps may never perceive it—you may not appear to make a step in advance—but, be not discouraged. Remember, ‘All the promises of God in Christ are yes, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God;’ and these promises are yours.”
—John MacDuff,http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1148437959&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr