Happy Monday #teamawakening family!
Another week is in the books for Awakening Youth Ministries! We had a contest to see who could show up with the craziest outfit. Here are a couple of pictures from some of the people who participated.
The message was “What Are You Wearing?”. The clothes and accessories you wear can say a lot about you— your personality, place of employment, favorite sports teams, bands, people/causes you support or oppose, etc.
What in the world does this have to do with Thanksgiving??? The things we “clothe” ourselves with in life and our walk with God can also tell a lot about our values, attitude, and priorities.
Colossians 3:14-17NLT says,
14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
This scripture passage tells us two things:
1. Get Dressed
Verse 14 tells us to “clothe ourselves”. As followers of Christ, there are certain things we should “clothe” ourselves with. This is for our benefit as well as showing others what God has done in our lives.
2. Get Dressed With The Right Clothes
You don’t wear stripes and polka dots together (not unless you’re having a contest at youth)! Spiritually, we shouldn’t be leading two different lives. Paul tells us in these verses that, above all, we are to clothe ourselves with love. Love is the glue that brings us all together. We may be different, but we are all apart of #teamawakening. We are also a part of the bigger body of Christ. Jesus radically transformed the world with his love, and that is exactly what we are called to do!
We’re also told to “wear” the peace that comes from God. Even when things around us seem to be spiraling out of control, we can be at peace in and through Jesus. When those around us see the love and peace that we wear, they notice that something is different about us. This passage also tells us that we are supposed to encourage one another as we go through life.
Finally, Paul tells us to always be thankful. We are ALWAYS supposed to be thankful. This can be difficult depending on what is going on in our lives. The truth is that we can always be thankful that we have a savior in Jesus that loves us unconditionally, died on the cross for our sins so that we could have a relationship with him, and is always with us to help and guide us through life!
Exodus 13:9,16 says,
9 This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead
that this law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his
mighty hand. ’ 16 And it will be like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead that
the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand.”
These two verses are reminding the Israelites to remember God delivering them from slavery in Egypt. Those who observed orthodox Judaism would wear these verses on their arms and foreheads in small boxes. This may sound very odd and strange, but it helped them to never forget what God had done for them. We did our own version of this last night:
The picture above may look silly, and most people would not walk out in public like this. The point of the illustration is this: Derik is going to see and feel these sticky notes on his face wherever he goes and remember what he is thankful for. When we remember and give thanks for what God has done for us, it gives us the faith and confidence to trust him to bring us through whatever we may face next in life. We need to wear thankfulness everyday and wherever we go so we always remember what God has done and is able to do for us.
When the message was over, we split back into our groups so that the leaders could break down the message with the students and pray for the students to have the boldness to complete this week’s challenge:
1. Ask your friends what they are most thankful for.
2. Then ask if they mind if you share.
3. Once they say yes, share why you are thankful for what Jesus did for you.
Have a great Thanksgiving!