Arrived at Tejas – picked our bunks – and began to enjoy the campgrounds, the gigantic play-scape and some mean games of Hacky sack!
After dinner we enjoyed some more team building time in the game room.
Our two student leaders Audrey Hill and Ricky Campbell have spent time preparing for the evening devotionals and Audrey was the first to share tonight. What’s in the attic? Toys, decorations, luggage, things we don’t use very often, or we get them out only when we occasionally need them. She compared our relationship with Christ to the boxes, etc in our closet.
She directed us to John 3:19-21 This the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God
Audrey compared our relationship to that box of Christmas lights in the attic – rather than paying attention to Jesus all the time – we just pull him out… whenever we need him.
In other words… our relationship with him can be situational – John 3: 19-21
She challenged us…Don’t look at just your behavior – let God look at our hearts. It motivates every action that we have – don’t just try to change our actions – ask God to change our hearts
Scripture tells us light has come into the world… however… we love the darkness… man has such a sinful nature that we desire to be in the dark instead of the light.
When you do evil – you hate the light – they don’t mix
If you do evil – there is no way you can be fully following Christ –
Whoever lives by the truth will come into the light…
We can’t do evil and love the light –
We have to say – I can’t live in the light without the light in me.
It’s encouraging to know – the light has already come – but it’s eye opening when we look at this scripture and realize… we are sinful – we can’t love the light…
We naturally want to do what is pleasurable to us …
We spent time answering our devotional questions
- Is it possible to find a balance between the world and God?
- What are the ‘evil things’ in your life that make it impossible to fully commit to God?
- Are you willing to step into the light and have God reveal to you what’s keeping you from serving him wholeheartedly?
Pray for your student, all of us as we spend time praying over these scriptures allowing the Holy Spirit to shine his light on our ‘darkness’ bringing it to light
Pray that we will desire to serve God wholeheartedly
Pray for our work day tomorrow… there are a lot of lights to hang.