How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
Apparently, I lied a little. I had said I wouldn’t be posting articles until next week. Please forgive me, but this is a subject that is especially important to me!
Most of you know that I have a passion for Northwestern Ohio Christian Youth Camp! For those of you who don’t know me, this is a place where we get the luxury of spending a week as a group of Christians who are growing in God’s word, singing his praises and generally just get to enjoy living fully as Christians. To me, it is the closest thing we have to Heaven on Earth.
This place is not for the faint-hearted. Saying that it is rundown might be the understatement of the year! Although we have been doing our best over the last 10-15 years, many buildings seem to be held together only by spit and glue. Spiders abound. Rarely does a year go by that you don’t have to deal with a mouse or two. Every year, for the first few minutes upon arrival, I question why I continue to do this. It is uncomfortable on most any measurement.
Once I get everything set for the week, I walk out of my cabin and am reminded exactly why I have been doing this for 30 years. I am amongst a throng of Christians where I will spend the week like I imagine Heaven to be. I am surrounded by people of like mind wanting nothing more than to grow and worship. The peer pressure is to be Christian. It is a breath of fresh air in a world that pulls us in all sorts of directions.
We are human so we don’t attain perfect unity, but it’s close. We daily share meals together, worship together and generally have fun together. It reminds me much of the church described in Acts 2. Living for just a week like the first century Christians makes me a little jealous of the lifestyle they were leading. To have that constant encouragement in this world that wants nothing more than to pull us away from the truth is priceless.
At camp, we put into action the “One body, many parts” concept found in I Corinthians 12. Each of us has a role to fill. A couple of guys handled the song leading, some of the younger staff took on the task of planning fun activities to do together, each cabin had multiple adults to help the campers. Thankfully, we had a nurse to handle the person with glass embedded in his hand! I might have been a nurse in my earlier life, but I have never been one to do wounds! Together, we all worked to make yet another awesome week of camp. I would love to live a life where I could experience that daily!
Unity as a body is something that we sometimes struggle to achieve. It takes each member humbling themselves to seek out the good of others. When we become Christians we crucify our flesh and give our lives over to God’s use. We no longer set our own ego and interests as a priority, but look to what we can give to others.
From my understanding, Heaven is the camp experience without the factor of human failures. We will never grow tired or weary. We will get to praise our God eternally! How good and pleasant it really will be!
As always, if you have questions, comments or ideas, please e-mail me at TheRefreshingWell@gmail.com.