‘Be safe and stay at Blue Camp 20’
Do you want more for your life, or are you happy with what you have and how things are going?
Do you concentrate on everything that God wants for you, or are you tempted by the world and your own desires?
Paul reminded the Roman Christians that if, and when they are tempted by what the world has to offer, they should, ‘offer your bodies as a living sacrifice … to God’ (Romans 12:1 NIV), and above all, we should, ‘not conform to the pattern of the world’ (Romans 12:2 NIV).
We need to be in the world, but not of the world.
We need to be doing in our lives, what God wants us to do, to further his Kingdom. God may not want us to travel the world telling strange exotic telling people we meet about him; he may just want us to talk to our neighbours or the people that we work with. We do not need to travel the globe to pioneer.
But not everyone listens to God and does what he wants us to do; sometimes we decide to rest on our laurels, thinking that we have done what is necessary.
‘All of God’s saints pass through Blue Camp 20 eventually’ (Dirty Glory pp 147 – Peter Greig).
At various points in our lives, many of us will reach points where we do not seem to be able to discern God’s plan for us from our plan for us, or we feel that there is a chasm between us and God; a point where we cannot seem to hear the voice of God in our lives. At this point we should not rest and stop doing what we think we should be doing for God, we need to remember that we are not alone, ever, God has promised not to leave us;
‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’ (Hebrews 13:5 NIV).
When we stop doing what the Lord wants of us, we have decided to walk away from him. What do we do then? We are going through a waste land in our own strength, and we cannot survive that.
‘For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you’ (Philippians 2:13 Amplified Bible).
We, who are Christians, all know that we need Jesus in our lives, we know that we need his power for all things, the first and foremost reason is to save us. Without Jesus, we have nothing.
‘It is not by force nor by strength but by my Spirit, says the LORD’ (Zechariah 4:6 NLT).
We need to trust that God plans only what is best for us, the plans he has will be for the furthering of his Kingdom;
‘For I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you … not to harm you … to give you a hope and a future’ (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
Even when we do not know what to do, ‘He gives us the strength to move forward even though we feel weak.’ (Crystal McDowell).
If we choose to do what God wants us to do, then we know that he will, ‘show us the proper path’ (Psalm 25:8 NLT).
Jesus said to his disciples, and therefore to us also, that we should not settle for the easy life, we should not rest and take it easy, but we should, go out and talk to people, tell them about him, and make disciples (Matthew 28:19).
Jesus did not settle anywhere, ‘the Son of Man has no place to even lay his head’ (Luke 9:58 NIV). If the plan for our life, was for us to settle down, Paul would not have told the Corinthian church to imitate Jesus, ‘Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ’ (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV).
We may choose to rest, to stay in our safety zone, to resist what God has planned for us, to do our own thing and ignore the will of God. The safety and security of Blue Camp 20 can be very tempting, but we need to remember that God has plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11), and;
‘The plan was not to settle down’ (Dirty Glory pp 141 – Peter Greig).
I walked along the stones by the sea.
My Lord, to me, You are my rock.
This is your life said the Lord.
Not every path is an easy one,
look for the right way to go.
Test the stones, not all are true,
pick your path last you stumble.
Sometimes you will strike like a giant,
confident and sure in yourself.
Other times you will just amble.
Unsure and timid, life just a jumble
I am with you, You say, trust me,
Place your faith in my hands.
I will show you the path to take,
I will show you what to avoid.
The slippery stones, wet with weed,
The puddles that may seem small,
but they can cause you to slip,
fall, and lose your sure footing,
the path before, hard and unsure.
Trust in me, and only me,
I will be with you always.
Walk with me on the stones,
This is your path, come with me.
I will show you life.
The wind at your back,
pushing you on, or at your front,
pushing you back, halting your steps.
The sun will not always shine,
but I will always light Your path.
It will not forever be easy,
but I will always be there for you.
You may not see me all the time,
but call out my name, and I will answer.
Trust me and follow me over the stones
Father we thank you for everything that you give us, day by day, help us always to be thankful even in the darkest of times. Lord we need you more when you seem far away, help us to see you in all that is around us, especially when it is hard. We know that when it is hardest to pray to you, it is then that we should pray the hardest. Lord we love you.