by: Megan Williams, CRSC16 Summer Staff
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age” Titus 2:11-12
I recently had a conversation with a friend about wells. We both live outside of cities, which means in order to have running water, our houses need wells. In order to create a well, a machine must be brought in to dig deep into the ground until it reaches the water source. Then, and only then, can we live in our houses. If the well is not there, we would not be able to live in the places we do.
I have also had several conversations recently about how to live for Jesus in our everyday lives. I spent my summer in South Carolina working at Crossroads Summer Camp. One question that seems to always come up is this: How do I keep following Jesus when I leave camp? I love this question because it tells me that a person wants to not simply make a decision, but become a disciple of Jesus Christ. Being a disciple requires the same thing that living outside the city requires: finding the source of Living Water deep beneath the surface. Then, and only then, can we live for Jesus in the places that we do.
Finding that deep source of peace, hope, and love is not an overnight venture. So, I want to leave you with some practical steps you can take to dig deep in your own life.
1. Be in the Word and Prayer Every Day.
This is perhaps the most repeated advice we hear, but certainly the most important. Psalm 119 tells us the only way to keep our way pure is to guard it according to the Word. Only by abiding in prayer and the Word can we ever hope to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.
2. Surround Yourself with Christian Community.
Clayton King recently said, “When I know my brothers and sisters are with me, I’ll attempt more than I probably ever would.” At camp, there were times when I didn't think I could scream at one more bus, talk to one more person; clean one more paint brush. But then I saw my brothers and sisters on staff doing those very things, and I found strength to keep going. Because we belong to each other; I’m counting on them and they are counting on me. We are better together.
3. Find a Christian Mentor.
We do not know everything. Not in the slightest. Therefore, we can all benefit from the wisdom and advice of someone who knows Jesus better than we do. Find that someone in your life. Ask them questions, let them ask you questions. Be humble enough to learn from others. Allow yourself to be teachable.
4. Know that It Costs Something.
When talking about wells, my friend told me it costs $10 for every foot you dig, so you better make sure you are digging in the right spot. When we are living for Jesus, we can expect trouble. In fact, He promised we would have it! We are fools if we believe life with Christ will be free of trials. Going deep costs something. Dying to yourself every day is not easy. But this I know: we are digging in the right spot. And that makes it worth it. Worth any cost. Because knowing Jesus, that is our exceedingly great reward.
About the Author: Megan Williams is heading into her junior year at Indiana Wesleyan University where she is studying ministry. This was her second year on Crossroads Summer Staff and was part of the Creative Team. Megan loves hearing good stories, drinking great coffee, and going on adventures with amazing friends. Follow her adventures on Instagram: @meganwilliams22