IYC On Track
What an amazing and powerful week we had at IYC!
The theme verse for Indiana Youth Convention last week was Hebrews 12:1-3.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Day 1 focused on Faith. Faith is believing despite seeing, complete trust in God. Ephesians 2:8&9 makes it clear that faith is a gift from God, not because we deserve it, have earned it, or are worthy to have it. Faith is simply given to us by God, along with His grace and mercy. Our youth was reminded that they are not defined by the number of “likes” they receive on a social media post but rather the LOVE of ONE defines you.
Day 2 focused on Purity. The importance of purity in all areas of our lives. Psalms 119:9 says “How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word.” We have to be in the Word and diligently reading God’s word to be able to know what it says in order to obey it.
Day 3 was being on track with JOY. Jesus Over You. We heard about happiness verses Joy. 1) Happiness is a feeling, but joy is not. 2) Happiness is fleeting, but joy is everlasting. 3) Happiness depends on circumstances or other people, but joy is a gift from God. 4) Happiness is worldly, but joy is divine.
Day 4 talked about staying Focused. Persevering and finishing the race set before us! It’s not about just getting to the finish line but finishing well. How do we see others around us? Do we see them how Jesus sees them? Do we have Kingdom lenses? We are all fearfully and wonderfully made like it says in Psalm 139:14.
When storms of life come it is a true test of our faith. A lot of times we find ourselves seeking God during those times and drawing close to Him as the bible tells us he is close to the broken hearted Psalms 34:18. But what about times when life is going well? Is He your anchor during those times? Or will you find yourself slowly drifting away? Life seems to be going just fine and we aren’t seeking God or leaning on Him as much and before we know it, we can look up and we have drifted far away. Will Jesus be your anchor at all times?
Most important of all: The cross was not a tragedy. It was a victory! Hebrews 12:2 is such a great reminder that He endured the cross for our sake! “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”