by Naemi Bätjer
This second day of TeenStreet started with a big family meeting in the Mainhall. “Jesus wants us to be His brothers and sisters,” Josh explained, “and He wants us to know His Dad!”
“For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” (Romans 8:29)
All of us are part of a family, but sometimes we don’t live like it. We have a Dad, but we live like we had none. It’s like watching videos about skateboarding on Youtube but never actually going to the skate park and getting onto the skateboard. The people of Israel were promised a wonderful country, but in order to get there, they had to step into the river. They had to get up and take the first step (see Joshua 3).
“God, our father, is calling us to a wonderful journey, but if you never step out of your chair, you’re going to miss out on what the father has for you,” Josh encouraged the teenagers.
Debs illustrated this with the picture of driving a car: “If you look straight ahead, you will go straight. But if you look at the cars on the other side of the road, you’ll drift towards them.” Wherever our minds are, that is the way we will be going.
“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” (Romans 8:5)
If we agree with how we feel, we will be moving towards a dangerous time: “I’m not good enough!” “I am not loved!” “There is no hope for me!” But if we agree with what the Spirit says, we will receive love and peace: “You are loved!” “You have a father!” “You will never be too far away!”
Anique shared that as a thinker, this is not always easy for her: “I know that there are many promises in the bible, but sometimes it’s hard to believe, that they are also for me!” Sometimes the only thing she can say is: “I am insecure, but you’re a good good father and I am loved by you!”
During his time as a boy scout, Ronald took part in rowing competitions. Sometimes they would tie buckets to the boats of other boys to slow them down during the race. Depending on the number of buckets some boats were slow and some didn’t move at all. He explained: “Walking with the Lord can be like that. Sometimes we have buckets with fears and lies about us or other people!” We need to accept what God says about us and leave the buckets behind us! We need to GRASP the father’s truth about us!
Josh sent the teens off into their quiet time with this challenge: “Switch off your TV, listen to your father and then get out of your chair and live out what God says about you!”