How do you cultivate your relationship with Jesus? Think about it, personally. This blog is meant to stimulate this type of thinking. When young men meet Jesus, one of the first questions I have for them is about their relationship with their girlfriend (if they have one). I’ll ask, “what makes this relationship special?” I often hear “she listens to me, she understands me, I can tell her anything etc.” I tell them that is exactly who Jesus wants to be for you and more! Then I ask “what if you didn’t talk to her for a week? How would she respond?” After their response, I share with them how important it is to make time for Jesus every day. My hope for you is that by taking the time to cultivate the ground of your relationship with Jesus, you will live a healthier and happier life. By serving Jesus out of the overflow of him in your heart, you become more effective at home and with the kids you long to see meet Jesus.
As we look at our Volunteer Leader Training Manual, we have 8 Modules provided that will help us do excellent ministry, but in my opinion, this is the most important module. What is the Inner Life of a Leader? This really points to who we are deep down, what we value and how we live that out. I would encourage you to look through this module over the next few days. Take a good look at the Six Essentials of Young Life on page 8 and look up each scripture. Examine them in the light of your own life.
• How are you doing?
• What are you doing well?
Take a minute to Praise the Lord for that.
• What do you need help with?
Ask God to come alongside you and guide you. He eagerly welcomes your invitation!
Take a look at the quotes on the left hand side of the page in this module. Consider them and let each one of them roll around in your head for a bit. Ask yourself “Is this me? How does this relate to me, my team and my calling? Do I agree with the quote and if so how can I apply it?
This morning I picked up an old 5 Star binder that I had not used for a long time. I was going to write down notes in it for this blog. The first page I opened to was from Fantasy Football Draft in 2012. I don’t think you would find too much use for that! The second page I turned to was a note to myself written, April 16, 2010. I want to share with you what I wrote for only one reason. I share this with you, so that you can think about how your own personal walk with Jesus might be more intimate. I have absolutely zero scholarly advice nor do I possess any wisdom in my words that may help you. I only give you an example of how spending time with Jesus helps me stay healthy and balanced in life.
April 16, 2010
While reading the scriptures this morning, I was struck by what Peter was telling me to do. Do I do these things? Do I understand exactly what they mean? How do I display them (if I possess them) in my everyday life? Why should I do them? Why do I want these qualities listed in 2 Peter 1:5-7 to be evident in my life? The question is answered in verse 8. “For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
In verse 9 he tells me what will happen if I do not possess these things but in verse 10 he comes back to tell me another reason to eagerly do these things…”you will never fall.” Well I sure don’t want to fall but there is even more of a reason to do them. “You will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Now I am going to figure out my first question and then try to answer what it means to possess these qualities in increasing measure.
Let me start with “Faith”.
Definition: Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” It has been proven to me that God exists and that all he tells me is true, reliable and trustworthy. I am convinced of that. Faith is also a way of viewing all experiences in the way we see the universe, for it is all a creation of God.
Do I possess these qualities? Yes, when it comes to faith but the practical application of that in these qualities makes this very difficult for me. I feel that I fall short, but Lord help me to possess these! It is in these that I can imitate you better.
How do I display it in my everyday life? Most every day when I wake up, I acknowledge God and give Him the day. I try to make my first priority of the day to spend quality and quantity time with Jesus. I endeavor to please him with my attitude and actions throughout the day, though, I woefully fail so much of the time.
Do I struggle with these qualities and how? Rather than look at this from a negative light, which is how I see myself in most of this, help me to realize that I am fearfully and wonderfully made in your image. I was created for your pleasure and good works.
Well that is it! Incomplete, a work in progress, random, full of doubts and yet certain and appreciative of a Savior who loves me as much as He loves the kids I desperately want to reach with His word. May you learn to be a Mary and not a Martha as we see in Luke 10:41-42. May there be blessings on all of you who took the time to read my ramble and, more importantly, take time to be with Jesus.