“Let the redeemed of The LORD say so…” (Psalm 107:2)
Earlier this week, our Young Life Area Leader Alissa and I met with Tom, a friend of mine who is a pastor in our community. We shared how Young Life impacts our community, how our youth group seeks to work with them and their leaders. Speaking of these Young Life leaders reminded me, as a parent and a pastor in this community, the huge Kingdom impact this ministry has in the lives of kids and families in our area. When I arrived a few years ago, it was very apparent this organization was being used to make an eternal difference in the lives of kids.
I’ve been privileged to get to know these leaders, listen to them, hear their hearts and pray with them. I’ve seen them show up over and over again in the lives of kids who wouldn’t consider coming in a church on a Sunday morning. Some of those kids are not only coming to church, they’re now bringing family and friends with them. In fact, our youth pastor Emily and her leaders are on our fall retreat this weekend with the largest group of kids we have taken anywhere. Emily and our leaders have worked to live in blurred lines where they haven't been concerned about whose kids or events are whose, but instead that we're somehow reaching every kid we can in our area together. And we've seen GOD move in some pretty powerful ways together...in that blurry place.
The highlight for these leaders is the last night of their camps, when they encourage kids who have an encounter CHIRST to stand up and “say so”. All year or for years they will show up in the lives of these kids, earning the right to share the truth that JESUS loves them. For many, this culminates in a camp experience each summer. Hearing my friend Alissa share her heart and her ministry’s heart with Tom was a great reminder. Our church, our youth group, Young Life, Tom’s church… - we're all on the same team. We are “the redeemed”! And we’re called to invite others on to our team.
Let – to allow or permit; an invitation; it’s taking a leap of faith!
the redeemed – those of us whose debt has been paid. Our debt was purchased with the precious blood of JESUS CHRIST, on the cross. We have been reconciled or made right with GOD, through JESUS’ payment, pouring out HIS blood to cover the debt of our sins.
of The LORD – we were not HIS, and now - we are HIS! It is personal, it is an eternal transaction; something happens, something changes, our sins are forgiven and we become HIS.
say so – to testify. Over and over again in Psalms, David speaks of telling others the good things GOD has done. HE has taken a dark or hard moment, then GOD comes through and makes it beautiful. It is wonderful to see what GOD does!! We will tell of the marvelous things HE has done! We will say so!
I’m thankful for the reminder, thankful for these leaders, their ministry and all the other churches in our area engaged in this ministry with us. It is good to be a part of the work of the redeemed. This very weekend, we're praying for our kids on fall retreat, that they would come to know themselves as the redeemed of The LORD!
What have you seen GOD do in your life? Who do you know that you know needs to know the story of what HE has done in your life? When The Creator of the universe moves in a personal and profound way in our lives, we have an obligation to share it with others. Say so!!