This article is a repost from our youth website which launched today. To me this is an important moment in life. Its so amazing to see how God has been working lately. The logo which was created originally just for camp has had a bigger impression than anticipated.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
Camp ended this year on a very powerful note. Since Jesus is our amazing King who has redeemed and conquered our hearts to himself, we are now citizens of an everlasting kingdom, a kingdom that works in and through our hearts. The call of the christian life is not just about accepting Jesus into your heart and waiting for him to take you to heaven. Far beyond that, it is a call to engage in a battle, in a movement; it gives us the high privilege of taking the front lines in the spread of his kingdom.
This is a call to excellence. This is a call to live a life that exceeds any expectation or level that people around us set. It is a call to raise the banner of our amazing King in every part of our hearts and lives. It is a call to represent him, to point to all that he has done. Our entire lives are to be rebuilt and reshaped by the greatest beauties of Jesus and his kingdom.
This is no small process.
That is why we want to respond with a deep commitment to this call. This is what we stand for. This is what we are called to. This is what we are pouring our lives into.
One of the most powerful ways that we can do this is by taking responsibility for the information that shapes us. With the explosion of the internet and social media we see many dangers to waste time and to fill our minds with useless junk. Yet, at the same time, we see a powerful opportunity to fill our lives with things that shape us, and relationships that can stay with us for life.
That is what this website stands for. We want to reflect the call to be excellent citizens of Jesus’ kingdom by filling our lives with truth as well as spreading the power of this kingdom to other parts of the online world. Here you will find weekly updates with fresh resources, book reviews, videos and blog posts on practical issues and challenges that fill our lives. You will have a chance to respond, to initiate conversations and to spread this energy to your own social networks.
God is doing something great among us! See it. Get involved. Join the movement. Engage in the conversation. Spread it all over. Life is too short and Jesus is too excellent!
Check it out at http://citizensyouth.com