Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Throughout this week the campers have been going through this verse here in Galatians 2. The bible study, the dramas (skits), and many of the games and events have centered around the first part of Galatians 2:20. It’s been divided into three main parts. First, that with Christ you have been given NEW EYES. Second, that when we are “crucified with Christ”, and accept His forgiveness, we have been given a NEW HEART. Then, yesterday, they began to dig deeper into what it means to say, “it’s no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” This gives us a new way of thinking, a new perspective to our own story. It gives us a NEW MIND.
So, last night our staff got to be a part of what is called “The Night Walk”. The campers each walked through a sequence of stations that posed many different questions and choices they had to make in their own story. The first station posed the question, “How much are you surrendered to the cross?” Campers were asked to be honest and say if they were 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% fully surrendered. The second station made them think about temptations in their own lives. They were asked, “What specific temptations and sins are you struggling with personally?” The third station then posed a very personal question. The campers were asked, “Where are you trying to cover up your sin? Are you being like a pharisee, looking good on the outside, but inwardly struggling?” Ultimately, it led them to the last station, at the cross and a bonfire. There they were given the chance to lay down their sins and place them at the foot of the cross.
After the walk they were able to listen to the story of radical surrender in the life of Paul, found in Acts 9. They learned how his SIGHT was changed (New eyes), how his WAY was changed (New heart), and ultimately how his whole outlook on life changed (New mind). It was not that Paul invited God to be a part of his story, but that God had invited Paul to be a part of God’s bigger story. The campers were able to make a choice. Would they try to be the author of their own story, or would they surrender the pen and let God be the Author of their story? They were challenged to live and say as Paul did, “It’s no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
What an amazing gift to see and be a part of the life transformation happening here in the Dominican Republic. Continue to pray that each camper would better understand the truth of the gospel, and that it would lead them to live a life glorifying God above everything else.