by Pastor Chris Pierce
Everything is connected. If this statement is true, then what effect does it have on our lives?
This week in our youth ministry, we discussed the implications of truth. Once we realize that something is true, can we go back? Why would we? For every cause, there is an effect. For every truth, there is an implication.
We live in a culture that is excellent at compartmentalizing things. We are okay with being one way in one situation and seeming to be completely different elsewhere. I think we do this with God. We let Him speak into one area of our lives, put Him in a box, and expect Him to stay there. We somehow forget that everything is connected. Our entire life is a gigantic Rube Goldberg machine. Truth affects one area and then because of that truth, that area affects another part of our lives, and so on. Eventually, because of truth, the pages turn.
This week, I asked our young people some tough questions about three separate (yet, very connected) truths:
- We are holy. (Hebrews 10:10, Ephesians 1:1)
- We are free. (John 8:36, Galatians 5:13, Acts 13:38-39)
- We are new. (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20, Colossians 3:9-10, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Ezekiel 36:25-27)
What chain reactions do these truths set off? If we are free, then what does that really mean? How do our lives look different because we are new? How do our perspectives change because we are holy?