We as Christians are called to live behind enemy lines. We live in enemy occupied territory, but not enemy owned territory. We as the church must not become so inwardly focused that we forget our mission to walk alongside God in the expansion of his kingdom.
Today, instead of writing a typical blog, I will instead be sharing a short prayer. I hope this prayer is both a blessing and an encouragement as you begin your week.
Have you ever wondered why it is that Abel's sacrifice was accepted by God, yet Cain's was not? Or why Saul was rejected by God as the king of Israel for offering the sacrifice before Samuel, yet David was not after the whole incident with Bathsheba and the issue with his son Absalom that caused a divide in the nation? I think what is going on here is less of God playing favorites, but rather something else dealing with these two men. Let me propose that the sacrifice and worship which God accepts is that which comes from a pure heart.
While I can name plenty of reasons, I have narrowed it down to three major reasons why people in the church should love teens: They are hungry, they need the love and guidance, and Jesus loves them. These are some of the reasons why I love youth, so why do you?
Yes, it is vital for the Christian life to meet in community and fellowship as the body of Christ, but we must not neglect our own personal walk with the Lord as well. After all, it is often in these private encounters when God reveals his glory to us.