Hey Everyone, thanks for joining us tonight. We are going to look at the Urban Rescue song ‘Reflection’. Last night at our Youth Leader meeting, we were having a time of prayer and a thought came to me. As youth leaders, we have an incredible responsibility and privilege to serve God in sharing the Gospel with the youth. Since I have been a youth leader, I have always reminded myself of that, because it is a role God has blessed me with and one that I should never take for granted.
Both Gad and I are youth leaders at our churches and I am sure Gad would agree that being a leader is a huge privilege but also lots of fun! To explain the thought I had a little bit more, it was along the lines of this song. The song popped into my head as we were praying. I was reminded that I have to be a reflection of Christ to the youth. I thought of it as a mirror. When they look at us, they should see Jesus and a life that glorifies Him. At the same time, the youth have to see that we are also sinners, that we aren’t perfect. Our lives should remind them that is through God’s grace that we have been forgiven and are being made new.
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
When we reflect Jesus to them, we show them what it is to be a Christian. Like I said before, none of us are perfect, but it is through the grace of God that He makes us more like Him each day. All aspects our life should point to Jesus and glorify Him. The Youth should be able to look at our lives and see us as Christian role models they can look to for guidance.
That is why it is so important to reflect Jesus, because people are always watching, even when we don’t think they are.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that being a reflection of Jesus isn’t just something we should be doing when people are watching, when we are serving at youth, when we are hanging out with our friends or when we’re at church. Even when there is no one looking over our shoulder, we must live as a reflection of Christ.
We shouldn’t kid ourselves and say that just because no is watching, we don’t have to life for Christ. We have to be all in. If we are a Christian, we have to commit to living our whole life for God with His help. There should be no in-between!
If we are in Christ, our lives should glorifying and pleasing to God wherever we are. It shouldn’t matter where we are or who we are with, our lives should point to Jesus and to what He has done for us.
People should see the light in us no matter what. We shouldn’t let our feelings or circumstances decide whether we reflect Jesus in our life or not. The Gospel is the most incredible news ever and our life need to show it in everything we do.
With God’s help, may our words, thoughts and actions glorify and reflect Him every day. May we love like He does and forgive like He forgave us.
Luke 6:40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher
Whether you are involved in youth ministry, another ministry at your church, or even if you aren’t. When you’re at home, at work or wherever you might be, ask God to help you be a reflection of Him in everything. May it be that when people look at us, they see Jesus and the way He has changed our life.
1 Corinthians 11:1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ
May we let our light shine to all those around us and always be a reflection of the one who has saved us.
The Faith Filled Friends