So, we had an all area black light club in a small(ish) elementary classroom at Providence Church this past Monday. The setup for this club is pretty difficult, especially when you want it to look cool and want it to be more than just a single black light at the front of the stage. We put black lights on the walls of the room, hung streamers that would glow in the black lights and made neon posters to hang on the walls as well. We made videos, looked for songs that would get everyone hyped up enough for club and bought confetti cannons. There were a lot of moving parts to this thing! All in all, kids showed up, sung songs, had fun and most importantly, heard the gospel.
If you’re thinking that Black Light Club sounds like a lot of effort, it is! There are a lot of moving parts and variables. So many things can go wrong! With all the chaos that already happens at club, why would we as volunteers and staff knowingly introduce more chaos?
When I was thinking about the above questions, I considered how our lives are kind of like this as followers of Jesus. When Jesus calls his disciples, he calls them out of stability. The disciples forsake their stable jobs and renounce the comfort of always knowing what to expect in their lives and in turn are given something so much greater. They could never have anticipated what would happen to Jesus while they were walking with him during his earthly ministry: the miracles, the professions of faith, his death, resurrection and ascension. By participating in what Jesus had for them, by knowingly introducing chaos into their lives, they were given something better than the day-to-day – Christ Himself!
We participate in a similar way. We can choose the every day monotony of waking up, clocking in, clocking out and going to bed. We can choose to hide from the world and a culture that is rapidly disintegrating into chaotic nothingness. Or, we can choose adventure. We can choose Jesus and trade in doing something comfortable for doing something truly life altering.
When we follow Jesus, we can introduce the unknown into our lives because we know that everything we turn over to Jesus is ultimately secure. We are hidden in Christ and nothing makes a difference besides this.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3
Spencer Jacobson, Frisco Young Life Staff