Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August 3, 2017

"Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:38-40

Day one of our awesome youth camp is in the books! I am so excited about the event, the vision that inspired it, the planning and organization that made it happen and the impressive level of leadership that is guiding it!

Thank you for jumping in to volunteer resources and prayer in support of this event!

One other thing that excites me is the selection of the theme "Beyond the Call of Duty". While this is based on a well-known and highly successful video game series it is also on point with the Great Commandment!

How's that, you ask?

The video game places the player into simulated combat situations where he has to fight a variety of enemy combatants where it is kill or be killed. Fighting for life and winning each battle IS the call of duty for every soldier!

As followers of Christ, whether we be young or old, we are in a battle of our lives. In the Kingdom of God His call IS our duty and every Christian soldier must engage!

This being absolutely true begs the question, "What is our call?" Since the call is our duty we must understand His call so we understand our duty! 

For a Christian the first duty is to lose Himself in the 
love of God. "Love God with all your heart". While it is our it is our duty it shouldn't feel like a duty.

Jesus said,  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

His call is for you to lose yourself in the love of God through your obedient relationship with Jesus, His Son! That is your duty!

Will you report for duty today?