A WORD FROM PASTOR NATE
Where’s the More
God has designed our youth group not for those who are satisfied, but for those who want more. Our Thursday night youth ministry was born not for the full, but for the hungry. Some people really love vanilla. To them, vanilla is all they ever need. But we wonder is there something else? Is what the Bible describes as encounter and love with Jesus real and for now? We are always asking the question, “Is there more, God?” And we work under the assumption that the book of Acts pushes us to know—that there must be more. And sometimes it can be very painful to ask this question. Like those who would believe for a miracle and seek to do the impossible, sometimes it seems like the let downs far outweigh the breakthroughs. But for those of us wrecked by even the idea that Christianity could be more than 50 minutes on a Sunday morning and a $20 tithe, we cannot stop. There is something deeper than us drawing a wealth of “more” from the deep wells of our spirits. There is something deeper than the culture that surrounds us, and deeper than our questions, disappointments, fears, failures, and inadequacies. It keeps pulling us onward in the face of all the pain, in the midst of all the darkness, and in midst of the accusations and misunderstandings of lukewarm Christianity.
So without judgment and without arrogant assumptions of others, we press on. Unashamed and not afraid to seek the impossible and be all we can be in Him, we strive on with any tool we know that can bring glory to God and freedom to a generation. So maybe we are the weird ones. Maybe we are the ones who make others uneasy by stirring up long held pots of stable religion. But we can’t stop being us. We are standing on the threshold of “the more, “ and we cannot back down now. It’s His love that is pushing us forward, and it’s His love that we will become.
So don’t be ashamed of being different. Don’t be ashamed that you want more when others around you seem satisfied. Don’t be put down because your priorities and things that drive you differ radically from those around you. Don’t think that you have to conform to the mean and the common. Jesus our Lord did not conform to the norm, but he wrote a new normal for us to enter into. And it is His normal for which we hunger. “Turn us into liquid love, God. And let us bring an awakening to this generation.”