I am speaking at a youth camp in a few weeks. Friday through Monday, there will be both Christian and non Christian kids there. And the Question comes up what do I say?
It is easy enough to give my best sermons, practiced already, tried and true, but shouldn't it be more than just giving a decent talk? I was gonna tell my story, of faith, bullfighting, cage fighting, reposesing cars, and being a pastor to punk rockers, artists and gang members. Was gonna probably do my What Would Jesus really Do sermon. But what would you say to a group of teenagers?
The one thing I would like them to hear is what Jesus was like. The one thing I want them to know is how much Jesus loves them. The one thing I want to convey, is how pursuing Christ, is worth leaving everything else for.
But I think back when I was a teenager, hanging out with punks, chasing girls, doing some drugs (sorry mom), and what would I have needed to hear? Well, the truth is I needed someone to really embrace me, allow me to be part of their life, and show me Jesus everyday. I can't do that with 150 kids, I pray that the youth leaders and the families of these kids can.
Sometimes we need Jesus with skin on.