“I thought everything was great, until camp. God revealed things in my life that I needed to get right, and I did.”
“I didn’t want to go to camp. The games or the songs would be childish. There would be way too much preaching. I wouldn’t be able to use my cell phone. I wouldn’t be able to wear my style of clothing. I’m glad I changed my mind and went. I would have missed out on one of the greatest experiences of my life.”
Our young people were challenged, convicted and blessed by their time at Youth Camp. Many decisions were made. Many lives were changed. They were in a place free from the distractions modern media brings. They were in a place were preaching was preeminent. There were in a place where worshipping God and getting right with Him was the norm not “overzealous or too goody, goody.”
How many of us go through life doing the same things over and over yet never realizing what we are missing? (i.e.: true fellowship with God, a clean conscience, right relationships with others, a burden for the lost, a willingness to make any sacrifice in the service of our Lord, real revival).
Until I went to the doctor recently I didn’t know I was low on several vitamins. Something was wrong. I was missing vitamins I needed but I didn’t know it. Do you know what you are missing? When was the last time you had a comprehensive spiritual examination. Lord check my fruit: do I have enough godly love, real joy, perfect peace? Do I display longsuffering, gentleness and goodness? Am I full of faith or discouraged or worried? Am I meek, having surrendered my rights and desires? Am I temperate, able to control my temper, my flesh and my thoughts? What about the fruit of souls? How often have I witnessed this past week? When was the last time I brought someone to church or won someone to Christ? When was the last time I wept over the lost? Or fasted? Or tarried in prayer? When was the last time my Bible reading turned into an exciting study?
Am I going through the motions, oblivious to my anemic spiritual health? Do I even know what I am missing? It is time to seek the Lord (Hosea 10:12).