Give Me Jesus

Author: Jacob Tynes
Editor: Danielle Milliken
Scripture: James 4:8 ESV
Song: Give Me Jesus

A few weeks ago, our C3 Youth students attended a week long church camp experience. At camp, distractions are limited; which allows students to fully focus on their holistic selves.

It took me back to when I was a teenager. Every year, I looked forward to going to camp. I remember kneeling at the front, weeping in the presence of God, for hours. Camp helped create a time and a space to lay the foundation for my faith. It taught me early to have a mindset of "give me Jesus".

The Sunday after camp, I asked one of our students, "How did it go?" I could tell she had something to share. She lit up and went on and on about how God is so amazing and some of the cool experiences she had while there. One thing she said was "If I could just spend the rest of my life teaching people how to read their Bible, I would do it. I just want to do things for Jesus." Needless to say, I do not have to manufacture excitement for a conversation like back. Our entire conversation was overflowing with enthusiasm. It was obvious to me, she was saying "give me Jesus".

And for all of us, throughout our day, how many times do we say "give me [fill in the blank]".

This week, don't reflect on what you merely say, but how you live your life. Does your weekly rhythm have a central focus on Jesus? I was reminded recently that while Jesus was hanging on the cross, He bowed to the father's will. Jesus' actions communicated, give me my bride.

24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world (John 17:24 ESV). Jesus wants to be with us!

When the world gives me pain, give me Jesus. When friends betray me, give me Jesus. When unforeseen tragedy strikes, give me Jesus. When insecurities invite me to action, give me Jesus. The scripture says, "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded" (James 4:8 ESV).

So today, draw near to God, repent and purify your heart. No matter where you are in your journey, He desires to be in communion with you. Jesus loves us. May our actions communicate, give me Jesus.
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