A Church Youth Fellowship reunion

Last Saturday, my former church’s youth fellowship had a reunion dinner after more than 3 decades…pwee…what a long long time…!! 

Some of us last met each other back in the 1980s. It was indeed a heart-warming experience to know that we are still healthy and fit to serve the Lord after all these years. It reminds me of a verse in the Bible.

In Ecclesiastes 12:1, it said “”Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days came not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say I have no pleasure in them”. During our days as youth in the early 1980s, the world is so different from what we are today. I still remember that contacting a person is not so convenient as now. 

There were no smart phones at that time.we have to either call the person through a public phone or call him from the house. Life was much simpler those days, we enjoyed the activities like cycling and playing captain’s ball in the church premises. There were of course more serious session like youth camps where we learned to spend time with the Lord and rededicating our lives to Him.

When we met at the reunion dinner, all of us are much older and mature now. We have all become old uncles and aunties instead of the pretty lady and handsome man we were once. We may not be as energetic and fast as we used to be but we believe God’s grace is in our lives, ever watching over us.

“Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13 to 14 (KJV).

Thoughts about the Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come.Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into evil: For thine is the kingdom,and the power and the glory,forever.Amen (Matthew 6:9 to 13, KJV)

Our Father in heaven

We must not pray, not only alone and for ourselves, but with love for others, for we are members one of another in the body of Christ, called to fellowship with each other. From heaven, God beholds the children of men (Psalms 33:13 &14;) and we must in prayer see His eye upon us, thence He has a full view of all our wants, burden and desires of our infirmities.

“The Father” – 2 grand ideas – The tender and respectful love of children’s feel for their fathers and the strond confidence in God’s love for us, such a father have for their children.

“Which art in heaven” – speaks of His Omnipresence that heaven cannot contain.(1 Kings 8:27). His Majesty and Dominion and His Omniscience – His eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of men (Psalms 11:4)

The Mystery of the Trinity

“The Father” – He is the source of all holiness

“The Son” – Establishes the Kingdom of God upon earth.

“The Holy Spirit”- By His energy works in men to will and to perform

Givë us this day our daily bread

God is the author and dispenser of all temporal as well as spiritual good. We are to receive it as a gift from God. The ancient Jews expressed their dependence on the Lord and they let God to determine what was best and most suitable. We should not ask only that which is essential to our support but God have promised neither luxuries nor what we want.

Thy will be done

The object of these three first petitions is that God’s name be glorified and His kingdom established. By being placed first (God’s kingdom), we learn that his glory and kingdom are more important than our wants. They should be first in our hearts and petition before God’s throne of grace.

Managing our talents

God wants us to have a good life, one in which we prosper not only materially but also spiritually and in our health. In the Bible, God said; “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plan to give you hope and a future.”(Jeremiah 29:11)

God wants to bless the fruit of our work but that requires us to be good managers of His resources. It is important to save, invest and multiply what He had entrusted to us. In the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14 to 29), our Lord Jesus gave an illustration about savings and investing. The parable started off talking about a master who gave his servants talents before he departs to a foreign country for a period.

One of his servants brought five talents and traded them and made a profit of another five talents from what he had. The rest of the servants also made some profits with the talents that was given to them by their master.However, one of the servant was worried after the master have left them. Instead, he dug a hole and buried the talents in it.

Finally, the master returned after a long time. He was overjoyed when he saw his servants delivered to him what they have earned from the talents that he had given to them. But he was very angry with the servant who buried the talent and do nothing with it. He called the servant “wicked”and ordered that his talent be given to another servant who can manage them better. Ultimately, we will meet our King and Lord when we pass away from this earth. Will he be satisfied with you and me for the resources that he had given to us?

An old Christian song reminds us of an appointment that we will never miss one day.

Is He satisfied is He satisfied

Is He satisfied with me

Have I done my best have I stood the test

Is He satisfied with me

When my Lord shall come again

When He walks and talks with men

What if ev’ry friend He had were just like me

Would he feels a welcome here and would he go away in tears?                                                                                              Am I all that I should be? Is He satisfied with me?