Camping takes a lot of equipment! First, there’s the basics like the tent, sleeping bags and your outside frying pan. Then you add the lantern, waterproof matches and the bug repellent. And don’t forget the trowel and the biodegradable T.P. The list of much needed camping equipment can go on and on. Yet regardless of how much equipment you have or how much money you spend, there’s one thing camping equipment can’t do. It can’t tell you where to go camping.
So how do you decide where to go on your grand camping adventure? You look for leadings from your heart. Do you hunger for the excitement of popular attractions or some off-the-beaten-path isolation? Is your heart in need of the thrill of rafting and rock climbing or the peace of a fishing pole and a good book? The one thing you can count on is that all of that precious camping equipment will remain dusty and unused until you decide on your camping destination.
This crazy adventure we call the Christian walk is not so different. God provides lots of ways for you to be equipped. He uses His people to provide praise music, worship services, and bible studies to equip you. It seems like the longer I am a Christian, the more Christian equipment I collect. With each passing year, I’ve heard more sermons, sung more praise songs and devoured more bible studies but have I gone on any adventures with these wonderful tools God has given me? Or am I just a collector of dusty equipment?
God is really not interested in us becoming collectors of sermons, songs and verses. He has plans for each of us to go out on mighty adventures. Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Some of you many be thinking “Are you sure? Adventures for Christ sounds like something those “other” people are suppose to do.” No, it’s true. God has prepared good works for every Christian to do, even you. Of course there are others of you thinking, “I REALLY want to do something for Christ! But how do I know what to do?”
Just like when you decided where to go on your camping trip, look inside to the yearnings of your heart. When you watch the news, which stories make your heart hurt? Is it the stories about kids or disasters or illness? What things frustrate you that are not being done right? Are there people you’ve heard of being senselessly neglected? What are the things that find you saying “Someone should do something about that.” God has placed some of these aches in your heart for a reason.
With every sermon, every song and every verse God has been preparing your heart to leap into the adventure Christ has prepared for you. So take the collection of equipment you have gathered over the years and dust it off. Pray for God to reveal the direction He has placed in your heart and then get ready! The best adventure of your life is about to begin!