There are moments in our journey with Jesus that cause us to pause and smell the roses, if you will. We have had some very, rose smelling moments during Journey Night that meets on Tuesday. Journey Night is our weekly gathering in the youth room. These moments have drenched our meetings over the past several months as we have been focusing on Colossians 3 and more currently John 4 and the account of the woman at the well. It has hinged, however, on this phrase from the Message Bible and Colossians 3:1 “So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.” It’s well known now to say, “If you are serious, ACT like it!” and everyone knows exactly what you are talking about.

The Lord has been busy molding this group of teens into genuine worshippers of the King. The Spirit guiding us on in our pursuit of Him. The teens all at different points on their journey yet all converging in these moments in fields of roses. Each one stopping to smell, pausing to take in every moment the Spirit has for us in our gatherings. Our altars are full each week with the seeking heart of teens. We celebrate communion regularly each teen weighing their own relationship with Jesus, measuring faith, accepting grace, leaning into His arms of love.

“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.”

-Colossians 3:1

There is a sweet aroma rising up from the youth room on Tuesday nights and it is the sent of worship. It all seems counter to what one would imagine, for instance i can think of a lot of scents

rising from the teens and sweet aroma wouldn’t be one of them. It may not always be pretty or in tune, the prayers often muffled and hearts broken, yet, sincere, genuine, hungry and thats all we can hope for in our gatherings.

This past Tuesday we had a moment as described above. One of our young teen leaders sensing the presence of the Lord went up and began to play softly on the piano. No prompting, he just recognized the Lord was present and was moved to respond. He was later joined by one of our adult leaders and as the Spirit began to move and hearts stir our young teen, not known for his vocals left the piano and began doing backup vocals. Who knew he had it in him? It was one of those moments in which the group as a whole stopped to smell the roses, and it was sweet.

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Pastor CJ Williamson