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Live like God isn’t watching

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What if as Christians we lived life more like God isn’t watching?

 

I was listening to “Can’t hold us” by Macklemore today and I heard a line that echoes a sentiment that I have heard in a hundred different songs.

 

“Raise those hands, this is our party. We came here to live life like nobody was watching.”

 

This idea of living life like no one is watching is such a captivating idea for so many people. It’s the sense of freedom to be who I want to be without the consequence of other people judging me. It’s the idea that I don’t need to be afraid of my flaws and the things that I am embarrassed of in myself because no one is watching. It’s about finding who I really am and letting it out and being proud of it.

 

As Christians we grow up with a looming sense of God watching us.  Even if it isn’t something that is preached from the front of a church, we still have a strong image of God as someone who is watching us, judging us, scrutinizing our behavior. When we do something wrong we feel like God disapproves, when we think we are being a good Christian we feel like God is more pleased with us. How much of our Christian life and conduct is lived out of a sense of God watching us – God on the outside looking down and critiquing our lives as we live them out?

 

What if we instead lived our lives like God was not watching? What if we chose not to base our decisions in life on whether God would approve or not?

 

What if our life was directed by something not outside of us, but something that was at the very core of who we are? What if our lives were not directed by a sense of God looking down on us and disapproving or approving our thoughts and actions; but instead started living out of a sense of God being the one who animates our life?

 

The One who helps us stand up and be proud of who we are. The One who gives us conviction and hope to live by. The One who makes life so beautiful and rich and diverse. The One who gives us the courage and freedom and sense of self to dance like no one is watching.

 

 

This, I think, is how God wants to be involved in our lives.

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Speaking words of life

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We just ran our annual youth camp around the key theme of identity. This is such a huge topic for young people and something we feel we needed to speak into with the truth of Jesus. One very powerful activity we did as part of our worship night was to speak words of life and a new identity in Jesus over each of the students.

The leaders had been praying for the students all week and discerning what they felt God wanted to say to them concerning who they really were, their true identity in jesus and how God saw them. These words, phrases, and bible passages were then written onto a small mirror and given to each student by their small group leader as the leader spoke these words of life over them and prayer for them.

We had a number of students reflect on this activity as a highlight for camp and some said that they had never had someone say stuff like that to them before.

It was great to be a part of, but also saddening to hear that some students had never had words of life and affirmation in who they are and can be in Christ, spoken over them.

This is one of the key gifts we have as people involved in ministry to young people, we have the honor to be able to speak a new identity in to young people’s lives. Help them see their life and world as a bigger and brighter place. It is our job to release them into the potential God has for them, and to help them see themselves the way God does.

There are two ways you can do this.

1. Organise a little something where you formally speak words of life into each young person in your care. This might be in small groups with their leaders. I might be something you do on your own. This depends on your setting. But make it a big event where you give each young person a new identity and affirm who they are in Christ.

2. Set yourself a weekly challenge to find opportunities to speak words of life into the young people you regularly come into contact with. Just pull them aside and tell them that you really want to encourage them with who you see God has created them to be.

The power that these words can have in a young persons life will be immeasurable. These are things that will stick with them for years. If your really praying about it and discerning Gods voice for these young people, you will be speaking truth that will cut to their core and make a bigger impact then you could even imagine.

Lets do a little life bringing together.

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