To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions
White as Snow
Posted on Mar 29, 2017 by Brian Seewald, Youth and Family Pastor
“Abominable” was so much more than a ski trip! “Abominable” was an opportunity to be reminded of the vastness of God’s glory and how creation sings out His praises. Psalm 148:1-6 says, “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever—He issued a decree that will never pass away.” “Abominable” was an opportunity to come face to face with our sin. Isaiah 59:2 claims, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Abominable” was an opportunity to experience what God allowed His Son to endure for our sin! "He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed.’" (1 Peter 2:24). “Abominable” was an opportunity to understand the depths of God’s love for us! Ephesians 3:17-19 says, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. And finally, “Abominable” presented us all with the choice to allow God to make a change in us forever; the old must go and the new must come. “You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy…That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead--so although they were destined to die like all people, they now live forever with God in the Spirit” (1 Peter 4:3a & 6). Abominable is defined as something detestable. Anything that is not of God is just that. We have this ability to lessen sin and its consequences. Let’s not forget what sin’s ultimate price is: death! Jesus paid that price! He paid the price for you and me! As we saw the beautiful snow fall on our final day of skiing, it was a reminder of what God wants to do in our lives: eradicate anything that is abominable/detestable and replace it with Him and His love. He wants to make us white as snow…this is only done by surrender and the power of God through the work He has done in the life, death and resurrection of His Son. As we enter into the season in which we celebrate this glorious moment in our life story, I hope that the one reading this now, would take the time to “see if there be any wicked way” in you and ask God to lead you in the “way of the everlasting” (Psalm 139:24). Thank you so much to all who supported this trip through your prayers and finances. It is always my joy to journey with our kids on special trips like this. I am grateful for the opportunities Heritage gives us to do such amazing things that will have an eternal impact on our youth!