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I once heard my mother give her testimony at a women’s breakfast. If you were to know my mom, you would know that she doesn’t like to share much about anything to people she knows, much less people she doesn’t know, so this was a huge step for mankind. My mother began to share her life as a single parent and the burdens that she had carried through most of her young adult life. To be quite honest, I was shocked at how vulnerable she presented herself as she shared her life with these women. She shared with them the challenge of providing her newborn son a future without the support of a husband. It was hard for my mom to deal with the fact that her situation reflected what some people might call a statistic. As a young mother, she made the decision of handing over the reigns to God. In sharing her story my mother said something that I will probably, most likely, will never forget. She said, “ I know that my son is who he is, not because of what I have done, but because God claimed him as his own.”

I find it hard to commit myself to things I don’t have control over. It seems smarter to avoid the unknown and keep going until I find something I can fully control but when I read scriptures like Matthew 6, Jesus literally challenges me to do the opposite of what I naturally want to do, even though what I want to do is the best option that I see. What I saw throughout my childhood was a mother who dedicated herself to providing her son a Christ centered outlook on life. She was faithful in her walk with Christ even though the road was unknown. Now I am a 21 year old college student who is walking his own path with Christ, but I am thankful for the example my mother set in being faithful in her situation every single day.  I have come to understand that in walking with Jesus, everyday requires faith because it is how we will taste and see that He is good.

In John 2, Jesus uses the most unlikely people to bring life to what seemed like an impossible situation. There was a very important wedding with guests that needed drinks but the jars had ran dry. In wanting to save the wedding, Jesus’ mother calls to him and leaves him some servants to help him out. For some reason, instead of praying over the jars himself Jesus decides to use the servants his mother left with him to take part in his first miracle. In John 2:6, he asks the servants to fill the jars up with water and they fill each jar to the brim. After they did so, the water was taken to the wedding master and the rest is history. What I love about this story is the faithfulness the servants had in their task at hand. Filling jars with water is a process, especially when you have 6 jars that hold twenty to thirty gallons each; With no questions asked they filled each jar and filled them to the brim. They had no idea what Jesus was going to do, but they were faithful in filling them nonetheless.

Just like the filling of jars is a process, our life is a process. Every day is a new opportunity to step into the task at hand and do it faithfully. Whether it be like my mother’s task of raising me, or my task of graduating college, Jesus has invited us to have faith in him so that we may taste and see for ourselves that He really is good. Just like the servants had no idea what the outcome of their task would be, we don’t always see the things we want, but faith in Jesus allows us to walk beyond our own expectations into the blessings he has promised. I choose to put my faith in God first because I trust his leading. It is my desire to be faithful like the servants, and be a part of God’s miracles.

Our Requirements for Worship

What do we value in our lives that connects us to God? Do we have pictures of Jesus in the house that help build our relationship with God? Is having a hymnal in the pew a requirement for a deep worship service? Must we have the speaker deliver the message from a podium to feel touched by God? We need to be careful of what we hold dear to us in-order to form our relationship with our Creator. Material objects are just simple things that can aid in worship, but they hold no power within themselves.

If your church was wiped clean off its foundation by a fierce wind, could you still have a meaningful worship service, praising our God in Heaven? If the power went out and you lost your projectors and sound system, could you still sing praises to the Maker of the Universe? Would the pastor's message, inspired by the Spirit still be able to reach your heart and open your mind?

Our focus at church should always be first on our God. The lights, the music, the flowers, and the dress clothes could all disappear and we'd still be fully capable of worshipping the Lord of Heaven and Earth. His word for our lives would still be 100% capable of inspiring us. Our God has one request, that we worship Him and and Him alone. There is nothing on this Earth that is capable of representing our Father in Heaven. Anything that tries will fail miserably because it comes from a world full of sin. Take a moment to consider your methods and requirements for worship and make sure your focus is on the only one that can truly save you from sin's deadly grasp.

- Thoughts from Exodus 20:22-23

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Welcome to the blog of Younger Generation Church.  We deepen our devotion to Christ Jesus as we experience community with each other.  Follow us as we follow HIM.

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