Adrianne and I just had the privilege of hosting our fellow NextGen leaders (cradle to college) from the Las Vegas area here at Meadows for a night of fellowship, connection, and of course...TACOS.
As we broke out into our respective groups to discuss challenges, opportunities, successes and more, I was drawn to a new level of gratitude for the way our church rallies around our Youth Group here at Meadows. Not that the rest of the groups were complaining about the older generation, but there seemed to be a tone of feeling like the youth wasn't platformed enough or supported in the way that they felt it should be.
As I listened to this, I almost felt uncomfortable, because I see first-hand the way that our church supports, encourages and platforms MYG. The grace and latitude that is extended to us by the entire congregation isalmost unbelievable. We didn't do anything to earn it or deserve it, we definitely make our fair share of mistakes and missteps. We don't have a 100% success rate with our youth, yet we are loved likewe do. We don't deserve to be platformed as we are, but man do I enjoy and love the way that we are. We are cared for like we are all of your kids and grandkids. I love our church.
I believe it's the same way with God's grace, love, and care for us. We couldn't earn it, we definitely don't deserve it, but He still desires to graciously give it to us. 1 John 3:1 says,
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Wow, to be called children of God! Not because of our effort or our success rate in following Him perfectly, but purely because of the great love He freely and lavishly pours out on us.
Isn't that the most amazing news ever? Isn't God's love great? Let's walk in freedom and joy today knowing that our Father loves us unconditionally and that we are His kids!