Death 2 Selfie
The words of Jesus are piercing, shocking even. In Matthew 16:24-25, He shot straight to the heart of His disciples with these words, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Death 2 Selfie: a call to come and die and truly find life. It’s the principle of the upside down Kingdom. It proves what Isaiah 55:8 says when it reminds us that “God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.” Striking, different, radical. We live in a culture obsessed with self. Each day, over 1 million selfies are taken. In fact, people actually die from taking selfies. According to an article from the New York Post, more people died from attempted selfies than shark attacks in 2015. Could it be that Jesus was right in saying pursuing self always results in a dead end?
This is the theme that we as a staff prayed about and chose for this summer. Over 500+ children and youth heard the message of the Gospel and the invitation of Jesus to come and die to self, surrendering things that we hold so tightly to, and pursue Jesus with reckless abandon. This is my 9th summer with House of Faith, and I’ve never seen a move of God like I did this summer. It wasn’t your typical camp high, or exhausted emotions. We literally watched as countless students wept before God, some releasing unforgiveness they’ve held onto for years, others with broken hearts, and still others repenting of sin. At the younger kids’ camp, we talked about what it means to surrender those things to the Lord and hundreds of white flags were scribbled on with wounds, sins and other things that they surrendered. At the older kids’ camp, we held a funeral service and hundreds again buried their selfish ways; and as the sun dipped just below the horizon, we cried out to the Lord and sang our praises to a God who is so good, so loving and so forgiving. I’ll never forget the sound that echoed as each one took a shovel of dirt and threw it upon that casket, symbolizing the death of old and the birth of something new.
It’s been said over the years at House of Faith that it's never about any one particular moment in someone’s life, but rather all of the moments in life that add up. We are so humbled and grateful to have been a part of a very small moment in what God was doing in the lives of so many this summer, ours included! But this is not the end, rather this is the beginning of a movement that we believe God is doing all throughout the earth as He redeems His people, calling home His wayward children and inviting them to the table to come and feast, to “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8 And blessed we are indeed!