DO I KNOW YOU?
Last night we kicked off a mini-series that is going to map out a bit of the direction that we feel like we’re headed in as a church/youth ministry. Last night we talked about praying more, but as it pertains to us “Knowing God.” What does it mean to know God? Can He be known? If He can be known, what does He want to do with me? How do I know Him? What are we as individuals/as a youth ministry going to do in 2016 to know Him more?
WE’RE GOING TO TALK TO HIM
It’s difficult to have a relationship with someone that we don’t talk to. Or imagine us only giving a 15 minute period of our day in which our best friend could talk to us and apart from that 15 minutes we wouldn’t pay attention to them. That relationship probably wouldn’t last long. But do we treat our relationship with God the same way? We either don’t talk to Him or maybe we just give Him a set period in which He’s “Allowed” to talk? Maybe we do that because we don’t know what to say or how to talk to Him or how to hear Him. Quite simply, the Bible tell us to cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us. Anything that you care about is something you can talk to God about.
WE’RE GOING TO RESPECT HIM
As you get to know someone, you get to know the things that rub them the wrong way; the things that frustrate or annoy them. If you have a sibling, you do those things on purpose. They’re stuck with you. We don’t behave that way with friends. We value those relationships. Believe it or not, God has actually told us in the Bible the things that are going to bring harm to our relationship with Him. Just like any real friendship, we wouldn’t want to do things that were going to cause a break in relationship, and if we did something to hurt that relationship, we’d be quick to make it right.
This year we’re going to make it a priority to talk to God and learn what it’s like to hear Him. We’re also going to do whatever it takes to separate ourselves from the things that bring separation in our relationship with God. We are going to passionately pursue Him.
If you haven’t already, we encourage you to join the 10/20 challenge, where we’re committing to pray for 10 minutes a day, 20 days this month!