SO MUCH DEPENDS ON THIS! I write this in ALL CAPS because that is usually how we hear those words. They are spoken with force, passion, urgency and require a call to action.
These words resonate with me on so many levels as a parent, planner, and the director of Church Relations here at Glen Lake Camp. I cannot claim innocence because I am one who delivers them with great passion and urgency when I visit churches and talk about Glen Lake Camp. I have a strong love, passion, and drive for camping ministry at Glen Lake Camp. I want EVERYONE to experience it.
I’ve had the privilege to listen to pastors, children and youth ministers, and parents share about how they are being pulled in every direction because ‘so much depends on it!’ Sports, vacations, camps, extra circular activities, mission trips, VBS, schools, hobbies – they are all communicating the same thing. “Come to our (fill in the blank)! So much depends on it! Your future on our team, your position in the organization, your well being and stability.” What are your plans for the next few months? I am asking those same questions for my own family. My kids are in the second and sixth grades. They are in the thick of “everything is so important right now!”
I’m very fortunate to be a member of First United Methodist Church in Waco, TX. My pastor, Steve Ramsdell, has been preaching and teaching out of John 15.
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
For two weeks, this passage has revealed how so much depends on staying connected to God through everything. He is the vine and we are the branches. So much depends on us not removing ourselves from the source that sustains us, nurtures and grows us and keeps us from withering away into the chaos of the world. Remaining in God, we bear much fruit and we can ask God to guide us in our decisions for the summer. So much depends on staying connected to Him.
I pray that as you seek all the opportunities available to you this summer, you will remain in God’s word, stay connected to the vine and trust that He has a great plan for you, your family and those around you. Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center is dedicated to this message!