People are starving for God, but most do not know
that. They have forsaken the “spring of living water” for
“broken cisterns that cannot hold water (Jer. 2:13). They have
exchanged God’s infinite beauty for things of no comparable value
(e.g., exotic vacations, shopping extravaganzas, theatrical
productions, drugs, wine, sex, and etc.). The result: they are
dry and unhappy.
EMPOWERING through Relationship
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph. 2:8-10). Scripture makes it clear that we are saved to serve—not sit. Further, we are saved to serve in order to bring glory to God: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).
Service is our grateful response to all that God is and has become for us in Christ Jesus. The foundation and fuel of all true service rests in the glory of God’s greatness and in hearts that have been Spirit-quickened to that glory.
It is not enough to keep learning more and more. We must act on what we know. Pastor and popular author Rick Warren writes, “Impression without expression causes depression. Study without service leads to stagnation.” Just as the Dead Sea cannot support life because it has no outflow, so you and I will die if we insist on keeping our life. Only those who throw away their lives for Jesus and the gospel will ever know what it means to truly live (Mk. 8:35)
At Delmarva Teen Challenge, we would find it heart-breaking to merely see a person set free from the bondages of sin only to pursue a life of selfish gain. We aim to equip men to take dominion of their lives, their families, their communities, their schools, their work environments, and etc. by becoming servants of Christ who live to bring glory and honor to God in each and every role God would assign to them.
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