Here We Are Lord

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by Joel Fether
City Life East
 

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” (1 John 3:1)

"Kevin" sent the text message that simply said “wyd.”  If you receive text messages from teens, then you probably know that “wyd” stands for “what are you doing.” But what it really means is “I need a favor…now if you can.” Of course, we are not always able to do these favors for our students. But in this case I was happy to help Kevin because I haven’t had the opportunity to spend time with him since we resumed meeting with students in person and there were some things I was hoping to talk with him about.

On Father’s Day Kevin posted a video of himself on social media saying, “Happy Father’s Day to the streets, because that’s who raised me.” The heartbreaking reality is that he wasn’t just being cute. Growing up, many of us received love, learned a system of values and experienced belonging from God, our family and our community. Kevin was largely forced to depend on the streets to meet those needs in his life. So, even though I hadn’t seen Kevin in person since the pandemic began, through phone conversations and what I have seen from him on social media, I got a sense that Kevin had strayed from God and turned to old ways over the past few months.

On my way to pick up Kevin I prayed, and in those few quiet moments I became burdened that God wanted me to share a verse with Kevin: James 4:6, “…God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Kevin has put his faith in Christ, and that makes him a child of God. One of the most important responsibilities of a parent is to love your children.  Loving someone means always striving to work for their good, and sometimes that may take the form of us opposing them if they are making bad choices. Truly, sometimes fighting for someone means being willing to fight with them.

Reflecting on my conversation with Kevin in the days since, I have been reminded of one of the many reasons I am passionate about this ministry. I was blessed to grow up in a Christian family and attend a Bible believing church. I grew up learning about God’s love for me in Christ. So many young people like Kevin don’t grow up with those same opportunities. How will they ever know how much God loves them unless someone goes to tell them? Here we are Lord -- send us!

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