We are about halfway through the summer and if I have learned one thing about the youth group, it is that they will never cease to blow me away. They are hardworking, loving, and have an endless source of enthusiasm and energy. But these characteristics themselves, as awesome as they are, aren’t the most impressive thing. What is truly mind-boggling is how they use them.
We had a group of around forty teenagers get up and arrive at the building every morning so they could go out to the Peachtree Village trailer park and put on a VBS for the families there. When we got there, the BYG kids would set up awnings and tables, so when the children came they would have shade to do their crafts under. And that shade was needed because the average temperature for the week was in the high nineties. But that didn’t stop these amazing kids from having a positive attitude and carrying on with the work. After we had set up the awnings, the BYG kids would go out in two groups of ten to knock doors. Every day, they knocked every door in the trailer park to tell them about the VBS we were hosting, the Buford church of Christ along with Buford Iglesia de Cristo, and the different ministries here.
Since we have been baptized into Christ then we are God’s children (“But to all who have received him--those who believe in his name--he has given the right to become God's children …” – John 1:12). Think about that. The King of kings is OUR Father! We are Daughters of the King. This makes us princesses. I don’t know about y’all but ever since Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, being a princess has been my number one career choice, but being a Daughter of the King carries much more meaning than just claiming yourself as a princess. I don’t know what your relationship with your earthly parents is like, but I do know how God expects us to treat our moms and dads: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” – Ephesians 6:1. If we are called to obey our parents here on earth how much more obedient should we be to our God? His commands are not simply suggestions or requests but rather a call to be set apart as His children.
My mom is my role model in most everyway. I look and act just like her. We have the same obnoxious laugh, same taste in clothes, and we both will talk your ear off about any and everything. When I was younger I would get frustrated whenever people told me I reminded them of her but now I take any comparison to my mom as a compliment. I live in way that reflects my mom’s characteristics. Likewise, we should be living in a way that reflects God’s characteristics. When others look at us there should be no doubt that He is our Father. We should love, forgive, and even rebuke like our Heavenly Father.
When you see a bulldozer or a jackhammer in action, do you ever think about where their power really comes from? What good would those pieces of equipment be if they didn’t have a power source? Would they be able to do any of the things that they do without power? Does the source of their power get enough credit for what it does, or have we elevated the equipment to a status that it might not deserve?