GAINZ: Ben Thompson

by Ben Thompson
YOUTH LEADER

I love life hax! Just like you can’t spell gainz without the Z you can’t spell hax with the X #Aforspelling. How cool are they!?! You’ve got something that was designed for a specific purpose, but you use for something completely different… AND FEEL LIKE A GENIUS!

But did you know you were designed for a specific purpose? That’s right, you! There is nothing insignificant when it comes to your life…God has got a great plan for your life. Here are some of my favourite times the bible mentions that God knows us, cares for us and wants us to be the BEST we can be.

  • Psalm 139 – “For I am fearfully and WONDERFULLY made
  • Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you, I KNEW YOU
  • Job 33:4 – “The Spirit of God has MADE me
  • Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his WORKSMANSHIP, created in Christ Jesus for GOOD works
  • Genesis 1:27 – God created us in his OWN image

On the down side – when we lose connection with our designer, we start to lose grip on our PURPOSE. The less space we fill our minds with God’s plan for our life… what gets placed in their isn’t great.

This is when the devil gets a foot hold in our life and will fill our minds with ALTERNATIVES!
Instead of being BORN FOR MORE – we are born for mediocrity and it’s better to never get your hopes up than to be let down.
Instead of YOUR BEST IS YET TO COME – Your best days are behind you…Life sucks.
Instead of being FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE – we are just another person…nothing special about us
Instead of being CREATED IN GODS IMAGE – We are continually changing ourselves to fit in with what is relevant.

So how can we ground our thoughts in Jesus? I’ve found that the simplest answer is the best one! (How good is Jesus not making it hard for us!)

Talk to him! The more time we spend in prayer and we have his thoughts the less lies the Devil can fill your mind with. Colossians 3:2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

A great way to do this is by reading stories in the bible. I just finished reading the book of Mark, which follows the awesome things Jesus did during his time on earth. You can read that one here!

Spend time with people who build you up! at CY we believe Small Groups is the greatest way to get connected with Jesus and be surrounded by a group of people who will help (and who you can help) in our journey with Jesus.

So don’t forget! God has a plan and a purpose for you… “Go out into all the world and create disciples” …Or a simpler version “Go about your daily lives leading others towards Jesus”