Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 1 Corinthians 15:1-5
This weekend while conversing with a dear friend I was posed with a question that proved to be more challenging than I thought. The question?
Describe camp in ONE word. One word? My first response was: there is NO way I could describe camp in just one word. So, I thought for a minute or so and decided. The one word I would use to describe camp, the one word that summed up my entire summer.
That’s it. That’s the one word.
Throughout the summer, and even still today, I have been learning about the power behind the Gospel. During the summer I was so immensely broken by what my Savior did for me.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5
Not only did He save me, but He also saves you. Que bueno! What a thought! Throughout this summer I was so blown away by this truth. But, I also saw the opposite side. I saw brokenness, heartache, suffering. I also saw a misunderstanding and apathetic view towards the Gospel in its entirety. I’ll admit, I have taken the Gospel for granted. I have not shown gratitude where it is due.
Yes, having grown up in church I have heard the words of the Gospel spoken more times than I could count, but I had never fully understood the weight of what it really means. Nor had I ever been taught how important it was to apply my life to the Gospel. This summer, with the help of some dear friends and children (campers) whom the Lord so graciously blessed me with, I finally understood. Meet: my camp family.
These people are absolutely wonderful and were great examples of what it looked like to not take the Gospel for granted and how to seek the Lord in all things.
The gospel is powerful. Straight-up legit power. You may be thinking well DUH the Gospel is powerful. But really. It’s POWERFUL! And. I am thankful. It’s overwhelming looking back at my last post from the beginning of the summer and the lesson I was learning on thankfulness and how that lesson continued on a deeper level. Thankfulness for the truth and power of the Gospel…proof that God is consistently Sovereign.
Concluding thoughts (finally, right!?)
My last week of camp I was priveledged to travel to a different location and work with a completely different set of people. This week proved to be one of the most challenging, yet most rewarding weeks of the summer.
At one point a friend from this new team in an effort to build a quick friendship asked a simple, challenging question.
How has the Gospel changed your life?
My answer? How has it not? … but really, if you think about it. How has the Gospel not changed your life? Now, that is a discussion for another time. But to whomever chose to read this lengthy post, I do encourage you to consider the question..
How has the Gospel changed YOUR life?
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29