“All this is the work of God. He reconciled us to Himself through Christ and entrusted us with the ministry of reconciliation.” − 2 Corinthians 5:18 (AFR83)
Oh, a young person who serves the Lord is special. In the recent past, I referred to the revival in Kentucky in the USA, where students persisted for weeks with the Lord through spontaneous praise and worship, prayers and mutual tokens of love. What people who visited the place noticed was that the whole movement was disorganized. This does not mean disorderly, but spontaneously under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Here in South Africa, two youth rallies were held in two places, the north and the south. Thousands of teenagers attended and listening to the testimonies of the young people is a wonderful experience. That they came home in a relationship with the King of the Church, found in Him a confidant and want to make a significant contribution to his Kingdom also coming to South Africa, is very clear.
The event was attended by teenagers from all imaginable backgrounds. Black and white and brown, rich and poor and of various church affiliations. The initiative, whose vision was born in 2013, is an example of the regenerative and healing power that can be found in Jesus.
What strikes me about the footage I have seen is the uninhibited and spontaneous way in which the children interact with each other. They play, pray and sing together. There is one dominant culture and that is that of the children of God and his church as the embodiment of his coming kingdom on earth.
If I had enough money, I would put a big poster on every billboard that stands along our highways with the words: “Jesus is the answer”.
Once we have found each other at the foot of the cross, the rest of the road, although uncomfortable at times, is so much easier.
Praying together is the highest form of charity. Praying together binds people from different backgrounds together. Pray focus not on differences, but on commonalities.
The great matter of the coming and breakthrough Kingdom of God is at issue here.
There is a generation of young people who are prepared to pave a new way in South Africa.
Is there enough support for them?
- ToekomsVenster is a daily message to equip individual believers with practical faith skills. Small group accompaniments, DVDs and functional sermon sketches are available from Drienie ([email protected]) or visit www.toekomsvenster.co.za
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