Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.
– Luke 18:17
Someone once said to me that Jesus is like the wind. You can’t necessarily see the wind itself, but you can see it moving in things around you. Indeed, God continues to reveal more of who He is and what it means to follow Him through our campers this summer.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a sweet camper named Matt. Matt came to camp having heard about Christ but not having a personal relationship with Him. He struggled early in the week being open and vulnerable, mostly because no one had necessarily ever asked him the deep, intentional questions he was being faced with. However, Matt’s buddy counselor, Crocs, had recently started a new fishing activity class in Lake Lackawanna. It began to be evident that the Lord was using Crocs in Matt’s life when he found out that Matt had never been fishing before.
One day, towards the middle of the week, Crocs and Matt had the opportunity to head out into the lake to fish during free time. They had been out in the canoe for a few hours and still hadn’t caught anything. But the Lord’s timing is perfect, as He was giving them time to dive into deep conversation and begin to talk about what it means to be a man of God. Suddenly, Matt’s line caught on something, but he immediately brushed it off to be a log. But his line began to shimmy with the weight and movement of the fish! Matt had caught his first fish!
Matt was overjoyed to have caught his first fish. He was just glowing with pride, his big ol’ grin beaming! He began to really open up to Crocs about his life, asking tough questions and wanting to know what it meant to confess your sins to Jesus. Crocs had the opportunity to walk him through the Gospel, and after almost two hours of searching the Word for truth, Matt understood. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior!
It’s incredible to see someone with so many deep questions, someone who is wrestling with a lot of uncertainty understand that faith is about believing. Matt understood the beauty of the Gospel and grabbed onto truth, taking a leap of faith. He might have a hundred unanswered questions, but he had met Jesus in that moment.
He knew that we have fallen from a place of dignity, humility, and dependence to a state of depravity, pride and rebellion. Apart from Christ, we are powerless to overcome our sin.
…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…
– Romans 3:23
But God intervened and provided a remedy. He believed that by grace through faith in Jesus, we can be redeemed.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
– Ephesians 2:8-9
In response to the Holy Spirit igniting the living hope of Jesus in his soul, he stepped out in faith and entrusted his live to Christ, an act of worship and obedience. In turn, God declares him an innocent, blameless, holy son of the one, true King.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
– Romans 10:10
Matt’s faith was that of a child. He doesn’t have all the answers, but he understands that Jesus does. He knows he will fail and fall in sin, but God is faithful and eager to pull him back to his feet. He knows that life may not always be good and hard things happen, but we can rest in a Savior who is good today, yesterday, and tomorrow.
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. And we believe wholeheartedly that the Lord is working big in our staff and our campers lives on a daily basis. We’re excited to see what He continues to do this week here at camp!
Until next time,
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