youth worker boost: i've got a secret
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"To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ."--Colossians 1:27-28
The word "secret" can mean a lot of different things. Tell someone you have a secret surprise gift for them and the person will experience the joy of expectation. Tell a friend or loved one you have been keeping a secret from them, and the person will experience the fear of bad news. A secret told can lift you up, or bring you down.
The two secrets revealed in today's passage are the "lifting up" kind of secrets. One of them is great news and the other is even greater!
When Christ died on the cross he made a relationship with God possible for all people, both Jew and Gentile. But the second secret was even greater. Paul said that those who put their faith in Christ will have Him living in them. The secret was out: God, who up to that point was always worshiped with a certain level of separation, became a man and lived among us before sending the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. It's a powerful reminder for those of us who are tired, lacking motivation, and wondering why we still do what we do. It's equally as powerful a reminder for those of us who are on top of the world, riding high, and bursting at the seams with energy.
But the key is this: This secret isn't just for our benefit. We have an obligation.
What do we do with this knowledge? We do what Paul said he did: tell everyone everywhere about Christ.
Our prayer for you: Our prayer is that the Good News of Christ would be lived out in you in such a way that it's impossible to keep it a secret.
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