Challenging words from 19 year old me
I was browsing a forum I used to frequent and came across a post that I made in 2000 when I was 19 years old. Honestly, reading this kicked my butt. I am proud that I was so passionate and heartfelt at 19, and ashamed that some of that fire had gone out in me. Today I am praying that the passion I had back then can be renewed in me and I can follow the example of my younger self.
“In response to this challenge about how to energize adults when it comes to Sunday school, I automatically thought of a movement among many teens and young adults that has led to significant spiritual growth for me personally. It is called the Warrior Movement. It is based on several simple realizations that get over-looked. Then again, many great revivals were started because people realized simple things they overlooked. If the adults in your corps could follow these simple steps, combine them with a zealous passion for holy living and the saving of lost souls, and you would be amazed how energized and revitalized they would become.
The first step is simple, you remove all of the religion out of your walk with Christ. To often we get caught up in religion and following a particular set of rules without a uncompromising commitment to Christ. We need to remember Christianity is a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We need to follow the commandments laid down in the bible because of our devotion to God and because we want nothing else but to do whatever is pleasing to Him. After that is taken care of, the real work begins.
The second step is that we pray furiously. We need to remember how incredibly powerful God is. He can move mountains, but we ask for full pews. He can create galaxies, but we ask for a nice pot luck. Early Christians could heal people of anything, they could cast out demons, they could do almost anything because they knew that God had the power and it was at their disposal, as long as they believed. We could do the same but we lack the faith. We need to believe that God can do anything, not just say it. After we believe that, we can do anything through prayer because we know God can do it and will do it.
The third step is that we need to train with our “weapons.” Prayer, fasting, meditating on the word, journaling, etc. all of these things strengthen us and we become better equipped to engage in spiritual warfare. Now I do realize that this is where the real challenge comes in because we do not feel we have the time or discipline to do something like that. And that is the basis of this challenge. I am reminded of what Chris Curry said about “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire.” There are books that grip us and even people that don’t like to read will go through them cover to cover. Why can’t the bible be the same way? I use the New Living translation of the bible, and I find that there are many parts of the word that I get caught up in and I end up reading ten times more than I planned on. If the bible is viewed as something to be enjoyed and not as a ritualistic chore, it becomes a joy to read. And when it comes to prayer and fasting, that is also a relatively simple thing. I work on a computer all day, and what I do doesn’t require a lot of thought. So I tend to pray while I’m working. My work gets done and I can communicate with the father at the same time. And as far as fasting goes, how many times do we skip breakfast, or work through lunch? If we think about it, many people miss meals all the time. Why not purposely do it as a fast? These are really simple ways to grow stronger in your walk when you feel you don’t have time or discipline.
The fourth and final step is that we need to return to the primitive aspects of Christianity, to go into Tribal Warrior mode if you will. In our society of privilege and extravagance, we lose sight of the fact that spiritual warfare is a very primal thing. There are no smart bombs, tanks, global positioning satellites, and spy planes. We face an enemy that is fueled by the most primal emotion, hatred. Satan hates the Father and he hates Christians because we have conquered him through Christ. We need to remember that this is hand to hand combat. There are no long range weapons, we use the sword of the spirit directly to fight the sword of deception and evil that Satan uses. When we buy into the lie that there are those people that are called to fight and those that can get buy without fighting, Satan has won.
As a young adult, I am amazed that other people, many of which accepted Christ before I was born, aren’t following these same steps. I guarantee that these simple steps along with the passion for Christ that all believers should have will not only energize adults attitudes towards Christian Education, but it will energize them in every aspect of their lives.”