As we enter in to our last days of preparation for Journey, I’m overwhelmed with the sense of something so much bigger than an internship, a trip to Kenya, a group of students serving together... Instead, I reflect on the groups of Journey students that have gone before this one and I can’t help but just praise God for all that He has done.
Reading through Colossians 3 this past Sunday at church, I was reminded once again why Journey is so much more. Journey is the discovery of what Colossians 3:1-4 talks about. What does it mean to live life, worship God, and serve others in the fullness of our newness in Christ?1Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
Journey is a process of confronting the things in life that keep us bound to our old life and from living in the freedom offered in Christ’s sacrifice and our new life with Him.5So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. 7You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. 8But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
And finally, Journey is the process of living life intentionally amongst others who are loved by God and called by God to live fully in Him.12Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.16Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Journey is the building and strengthening of the Church. We experience life in Christ together each time we gather with a new group and serve together in Kenya. Journey is a blessing that is difficult to explain to some but easy felt by everyone involved in the experience.
11 days and counting...