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Such a Great Cloud of Witnesses

Such a Great Cloud of Witnesses

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Hebrews 12:1

I met a few of the “great cloud of witnesses” that Hebrews 12:1-3 tells us about this last weekend at our Revolution student leader’s retreat.  These 2 guys were only 17 years old and both were seniors in high school.  Who said that high school students were the FUTURE of the church??!!  If the church could become as passionate about Jesus as these 2 students are, there would be no stopping us!

These 2 guys very humbly shared with me their daily routine.  Each weekday they get up at 5:30 in the morning.  As a sidenote, I can’t even remember the last time I was up at 5:30 in the morning on purpose.  They then meet at 6:30 am in a local coffee shop where they read their Bibles for the next 45 minutes sharing with one another what God is teaching them.  As another sidenote-I can’t remember the last time I was up at 6:30am on purpose.  Then, they head out to school. This is a daily routine for both of these students!  As I talked with them, I realized that it wasn’t a legalistic way of earning God’s love or favor.  They simply wanted to start their day off with God at the center so that their passion for Him would continue to grow.

I left my time with these 2 guys encouraged.  I also left wanting to be more like them in their diligent seeking of Jesus.  I am realizing the more I can surround myself with people who love and passionately seek Him, the more it rubs off on me and the more I can rub off on others. I guess that’s the beauty of Christian community!

Proverbs 13:20 is true–we become like the people we hang out with! I want to hang out with people who share the same passion for Jesus as these 2 seniors in high school.

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