Last weekend, I had the immense privilege of speaking at our church youth weekend away. It’s been ages since I did anything like that, so it was great to ‘get back in the saddle’. I was asked a little late in the day (I know what you’re thinking – you’re thinking, ‘they were desperate’ 🙂 and you’d not be far wrong) But the suggestion was made that I might like to use some of the material I’d worked on for my book. I had been trying to work out how I might try out some of the material, so I agreed this might be a good idea. The title for the weekend ended up as this:
You’ll notice that ‘in God’s love’ is in blue ink. That’s because it began as getting rooted ‘in our faith’. (The observant among you will recognise that I’m into the whole ‘rooted’ concept, having written about it previously … more than once …) However, over the course of preparation, I felt that getting rooted ‘in our faith’ felt a bit wishy-washy. I realised that what I really wanted the young people to be rooted in was God’s love.
The more I thought about this, the more it made sense to me. We’re not going to get through life’s storms without being rooted in God’s love, any more than a tree rooted in jelly would survive a strong breeze. It’s just not rooted in the right stuff. It’s crucial for Christians to be rooted in God’s love. It’s crucial for all of us to be rooted in God’s love!
On the weekend, we were considering Spiritual Disciplines, and focusing on Study, Prayer and Worship as three with which they were probably familiar, but might not have considered in much depth. I said to them, though, that if there was only one thing they remembered from the weekend away, it should be that God loves them. Once we truly grasp this amazing truth, the other things, I think, come naturally. When we see that God truly loves us, we are driven to learn more about Him through study. When we recognise that God truly loves us, we desire to communicate with Him in prayer. When we accept that God truly loves us, the only right response is worship.
God loves you. Massively.
How do you respond to God’s love?