Don’t you love how the Lord gently weaves truth into our lives if we’ll pay attention? I especially appreciate it when my daughters are involved. How great is our God that He would graciously inform me and allow me to do it with two of the most precious people I know. I still start out intending to teach them something, to impart some tidbit that will turn them toward walking with Jesus. I still get surprised every time I end up learning something . . . which is every time.

I like verbs. I like to do stuff, stuff that includes jumping, running, searching, competing, swimming, creating, driving, thinking. Do you know what I mean? But I was caught off guard by a verb this morning as I read to my girls from 1 John 5.

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.”

Okay, I can picture what you mean when you say the word jump or, even, think. I could describe them if you needed me to. But how was I to describe to my girls the verb, “believe.” “Look girls, that woman over there is believing.” “I’m going believing today.” I’ve never heard anyone say those words before. I’ve never thought those thoughts before. So how do I explain this to my girls?

The only connection to believe as a verb comes to me in the past tense. “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” The thing is, Abraham’s believing didn’t look like believing specifically. It looked like traveling, working, making deals, rescuing and, the one that makes the most sense, sacrificing. Not only that, but we didn’t know he believed until after it was done.

Do I believe? A key verse for YFC Core is found a couple chapters earlier. “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He commanded us” (1 John 3:23). Believe and love go hand in hand. And they both tend to look like something else. What would you look back at today, or last week, and say, “I believed.” How would you encourage your YFC Core Team to look forward with the hope of getting to look back and say, “I believed”?

That’s what Discover is. We get to remind students of their friend Jesus and then ask them to do something practical, some everyday type of action, for a friend who doesn’t know Jesus. How blessed are we?

How would you look back at the life of your YFC Core Team and say, “We believed”?

By: Michael Janzen, Director of Home Front Missions, Central Coast YFC

 

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