Devotionals

The Jesus Filter

Youth Ministry Devotions

‘The Jesus Filter”

We all know that we miss it.

Our suitcases may still be filled with sand because we are still reminiscing and refuse to let the summer go.

Our memories captured and stored the adrenaline from pinata parties, the sentiment of late night talks, and the eternal effects of life changing moments.

We long for rec time, amazing worship, but maybe not the long bus rides to and from.

But the biggest takeaway from BigStuf 2017 wasn’t our favorite t-shirt or any memory…

We learned that we ALL have a filter. And it’s more than Instagram, VSCO, or Snap Chat.

We each have a fierce mind, a filter, that influences our decisions, actions, and how we carry out our emotions.

We learned that what controls our mind controls our life.

Will it be FUN or not?

How EFFICIENT will this be?  

Will I SUCCEED or FAIL?  

Is EVERYONE else doing it?

Will THEY think I am cool?

 

We learned that our filter can change, it can be influenced, it can be shifted to adjust how we see ourselves, others, God and the world.

We learned that the filter of JESUS is the filter we need to put on with our new life in Him.

Yet, if we aren’t careful, it can become tainted and full of dirt and grime that can cloud out Jesus. We can only see as far as what is inches in front of us rather than seeing the hope and the promise of what Jesus wants us to see in our future with Him.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

So now that we are back in routine, back to dwelling in the places God has purposefully placed us, we have to figure out how to take care of our minds, quite possibly the most important filter of our day to day lives.

Acknowledging the love and sacrifice of what Jesus did for us on the cross, all that He gave to fend for our hearts, and accepting it as truth…it changes your life, because Jesus changes your life.

He changes you to your inner most being, bringing you back to where you belong, back to Himself…but He doesn’t change your mind.

There is still work that we must do in partnership, companionship, and relationship with the Holy of holies, the Lord of lords, the King of kings, the Name above all names.

How assuring that He doesn’t leave us to do it on your own.

 

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26

Over the next few weeks, we are going to expand on the filter of Jesus, apply practical steps towards renewing our filter, our minds, for the sake of our views, thoughts and actions to sustain and build upon what we heard at camp this summer. Let’s journey together…

 

The Jesus Filter Application

Prayer: Pray that God would give you the desire to have the filter of Jesus.

Scripture: Romans 12:2, John 14:26

Say It To Yourself: The way you see determines who you are going to be.

Journal: Journal about what excuses you make to justify wrong behavior and ask for Jesus’s eyes on your decisions, actions, words, thoughts and views. Ask for His eyes on yourself, other people and the world.

Meet the author

Celeste Elizabeth

Celeste Elizabeth

Celeste Elizabeth is honored to be a writer for BigStuf’s blog, but this isn’t her first interaction with the summer camp. She was an intern in 2014, came back as summer staff in 2015, and has since been writing for BigStuf’s blog. Even though her home is in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs working for Red Rock Church as their Communication and Programming Director, she considers BigStuf family and will partner with them whenever she gets the chance! Celeste is a major fan of coffee, a lover of books and words, and is incredibly passionate about the next generation. Check out more of her writing at thecelesteelizabeth.com!

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