To God Alone be the Glory!
I am writing this letter to you so that you might be challenged, along with those who are going to be attending this year’s Spring Student Conference. The theme this year is “Don’t Waste Your Life.” This is a message that I most desperately need to hear, and this is the message that needs to be the cry to our young people in our congregations, as well as the lost young person who lives next to you. Don’t Waste Your Life! Life is short, and it will soon be over! Are you ready to give an account for what you have done with your life that God has given you?
This year’s spring conference along with our summer camp will closely be related in theme. Both of those theme’s are related in the sense of it is our desire to urgently present before our young people the plea to follow Christ. Not just for the lost, but for those who are born again! Forsake this life, and you will save it for eternal life! Don’t Waste Your Life in this world! Below you will find a quote (pages 12-13) from a book by Pastor/Teacher John Piper, of
Another riveting force in my young life—small at first, but oh so
powerful over time—was a plaque that hung in our kitchen over
the sink. We moved into that house when I was six. So I suppose
I looked at the words on that plaque almost every day for twelve
years, till I went away to college at age eighteen. It was a simple
piece of glass painted black on the back with a gray link chain
snug around it for a border and for hanging. On the front, in old
English script, painted in white, were the words:
Only one life,
’Twill soon be past;
Only what’s done
for Christ will last.
To the left, beside these words, was a painted green hill with two
trees and a brown path that disappeared over the hill. How many
times, as a little boy, and then as a teenager with pimples and
longings and anxieties, I looked at that brown path (my life) and
wondered what would be over that hill. The message was clear.
You get one pass at life. That’s all. Only one. And the lasting measure
of that life is Jesus Christ. I am fifty-seven as I write, and that
very plaque hangs today on the wall by our front door. I see it
every time I leave home.
Let me encourage you to participate in this year’s Spring Conference and Summer Camp. That’s right; every single member of every single congregation in this association can participate. How? First, pray for the leaders and those who will be attending. Pray for your next door neighbor who doesn’t know Christ and consider discussing this very theme with them and invite them to the camp. Perhaps the Lord is leading you to help sponsor someone financially? Secondly, advocate that the young people of your church attend these events and that they come hungry, ready to receive the Word of the Christ that by believing in Him, will have life in His Name!
To God alone be the Glory!