“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”
(Psalm 1:1-6 ESV)
I spoke of, in an earlier post, that I am transitioning out of my position as Sr. High Student Ministry Coordinator at the Christian Youth Center, and moving on to a ministry with First Baptist Church of Channahon and Families of Faith Christian Academy. It struck me, as my responsibilities are coming to a close at the end of the month, that I, essentially, only have 2 hours left with my students in a teaching environment. Having just concluded a series, I decided to take the next two weeks to communicate to them what I believe are the most essential truths I can leave them with.
This past Tuesday I delivered a message called “Planted.” Based on Psalm 1, I communicated to the students two very important principles that I believe, when applied, will have a phenomenal impact on their Christian lives.
The vitality, growth, health, and satisfaction of our Christian lives is greatly effected by the choices we make, and the energy with which we press on, by faith, to know Jesus. From there I communicated these two points:
1.) Choose, with great care and wisdom, those who are your closest friends. vv. 1, 4, 5, 6
- The Christian life is not meant to be lived alone, but rather in community before the Lord (cf. Heb 10:24-25). Those who we are in step with will have a tremendous impact on our growth and development as followers of Jesus. It’s important to have acquaintances who don’t know Jesus, so that we can tell them the Good News. But those who we allow to be close, those who influence us, must be like-minded, Bible-believing, followers of Jesus.
2.) Love your Bible, and find a church that cherishes the Scriptures, views them with reverence, and teaches them well; because they point to Jesus, the One whom to know is life eternal. vv. 2, 3, 6 (cf. John 5:39)
- There are many churches in existence today that have put the Bible on the back burner for the sake of growth, seeker-sensitivity, and in their minds, to be more relevant to culture. For many, it’s adequate to begin with a poorly edited/produced video clip, help people see how Neo (or some movie character) is in some way like Jesus, flash half a verse from the Message:Remixed up on the screen, and call it a day. God, in His infinite grace and wisdom, has blessed us with a copy of His Word that we may know Him rightly and serve Him wholeheartedly in this life. The only way to have a right and healthy understanding of God, and serve Him as we ought, is by the guidance of the Spirit through His Word. Without the Scriptures, we can’t rightly know Jesus, and without Jesus, we can’t know and behold the glory of God.
I’m praying I can consistently apply what I want so desperately for them to apply.