This weekend is our church's DNOW weekend (Disciple Now) - and of course, as Harris is the director of our Youth Ministry, we have been very busy the past two weeks preparing for this weekend. I have watched as he and his small team of full-time/part-time staff worked countless hours preparing for a weekend that has promised to be life-changing. The gifts and talents of each of these wonderful people have been put to such good use! Their passion for serving the Lord and showing others who He is is amazing to watch.
The theme of this weekend is "awakening".
The leaders are presenting the Gospel to the students as well as exposing them to some of the human need that is in our world today. Harris and his team created an experiential learning center where the students get to learn hands-on what it is like for others around the world in less fortunate living situations. Our hope is that the students' hearts would be awakened to the need in the world, but not simply the physical, emotional, or social needs of the world, but the NEED that we all have for a Savior.
I was thinking through what the weekend is called, "disciple NOW". Now. Now is the time to share what Christ did. And now. And now.
Make disciples of all nations. Now.
Make your children into disciples. Now.
Be a disciple yourself. Now.
We are not promised another time than now. We are only aware of what we can do now. The only time we can make decisions for sure is right now. Right NOW as I type, the students in our community are learning more about a God who is watching over them now.
A sweet friend reminded me this week that wherever the Lord is being praised and worshiped, Satan is lurking waiting for an opportunity to steal, kill, and destroy. Our students are bombarded with lies right now. The pressures that face them [even when they are sitting in a room full of other students worshipping the Lord] are many right now. Now is when satan seeks the opportunity to take away their joy and your joy. That is why our team is taking action right now.
What can you do right now? What decisions are facing you now? What is the right thing to do right now? Don't let satan take control of the now that God has given you. You can make your now what it needs to be. Now.