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Why I Believe In The DTS – YWAM Asheville

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Why I Believe In The DTS

Introduction 

I believe in the DTS. A YWAM Discipleship Training School is just what it says it is. It not only teaches one how to disciple the nations, it also (perhaps even more importantly) teaches one how to BE DISCIPLED. Why is this so critical? Isn’t our aim to reach the lost for Christ? Why worry about ourselves?

Becoming A Disciple Before Becoming A Missionary 

Indeed, Youth With A Mission’s goal is to send waves of missionaries into every corner of the world, to see the lost found, the hungry fed, the lonely met. But in order to sustainably do this, we must first learn to be continually molded into vessels capable of delivering His perfect peace. In order to be effective in the Christian life, let alone missions, we must never overlook our own heart for the sake of the nations. If the gospel isn’t radically real to us, if its stunning messages don’t awaken us first, we will fizzle out and be serving from numb hearts. And when this happens, which is sometimes inevitable, we must know how to be discipled, how to be led, and how to be helped.

We aren’t built to carry the Great Commission on our own strength, intellect, skills, or anointing. Through every step of our life, we must depend on the faith family to support us in many ways.

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Why I believe in the DTS

The DTS is a place that allows a young person to look in the mirror, for perhaps the first time, and analyze the scars, the beauty, the design, and the purpose of their being. During the DTS, you are able to ask the deep down questions, seek out the Face of Truth, develop your faith, and receive teaching from those who have gone before you.

During my DTS lecture phase, I was challenged to think differently, become aware of my assumptions and wrong beliefs about who God is, and face my fears about my future. The different speakers and topics that get addressed during DTS are specifically designed to draw the student into deeper trust in the Lord, and nothing short of that happened for me! When you are surrounded by new people, new ideas, new methods, new values, in a new place…you get pushed into the deep end of the pool of relying on Jesus. And the beauty of it is, you are in a group of other students going through the exact same thing. This leads to such incredible friendships and community. Some of my longest and closest friendships today began during DTS, over 12 years ago!

Then on outreach, everything gets amplified! Desperation for the voice of God becomes one of the hallmarks of your life because you are literally depending on His leadership every moment of every day. Outreach instilled in me a deep reliance on God’s voice, and a trust that when He speaks, His words are trustworthy, no matter how crazy it may seem. This short 2 month trip across the world taught me one of the most vital aspects of being a disciple of Jesus: listening and obeying my Shepherd’s voice.

In my DTS, I learned that my answers to my own questions would fall short every time. I need the wisdom of Scripture, the experience of my elders, the insight of my leaders and love of my peers to experience Christ. I learned that in order to grow into the woman I am made to be, I must have people around me speaking truth into my life, even when it isn’t what I want to hear. To lift my face when it has fallen, to breathe life into me when I’ve grown weary. The DTS taught me how to be discipled, how to be loved, and how to sustain a life of discipling others.

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In Closing

The truth is, becoming a disciple of Jesus takes a lifetime to figure out. But a YWAM DTS is honestly one of the very best tools out there that will enhance and deepen that journey in a very short amount of time. I believe in the Discipleship Training School for SO many reasons. It’s changed my life for the better, given me the spiritual tools I lacked as a young high school graduate, and I consider it a major moment in my life that God used to get me on the right path. 

When it comes to choosing the best DTS location for you, I highly recommend not searching for the cheapest DTS only. Money is important, and God knows you need finances for tuition. But PLEASE let the Holy Spirit guide you in that decision making process. Lean into prayer and words of wisdom from others that know how to hear from God. And if you still need help, we are here! One of our DTS coaches would be pumped to walk with you through that process, and help you discern what the Lord is saying to you! We want you to be exactly where He’s calling you, wherever that may be. 

God and Human Trafficking – YWAM Asheville

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God and Human Trafficking

by guest author Julia Nance

23, 32, 40.3 million….these are all guesses and estimates of the number of people who are being trafficked at any given time. Regardless of the actual number, it’s an amount that is almost incomprehensible…Where is God in the midst of such a horrendous, overwhelming injustice? 

Modern day slavery isn’t something we really think about, but it is the second most profitable illegal trade in the world, generating around $150 billion a year. To make these large numbers even more staggering, about $99 billion is made by the illegal sex trade industry. 

A heartbreaking industry that leads to millions and millions of people being forced into sexual exploitation. 

Human trafficking: “The unlawful act of transporting or coercing people in order to benefit from their work or service, typically in the form of forced labor or sexual exploitation.” 

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Human trafficking is a hateful and careless act that robs the victim of their freedom, their hope, and even their life. It violates their body, mind, and soul. Every person has the right to freedom and right to choose their path in life, but so many never get that chance. Worse yet, it often happens right under our noses. 

Though it can (and does) happen as portrayed in movies with dramatic kidnappings and underground auctions, more often than not it starts in more unassuming ways, ways in which the victims themselves are unaware of. 

Kidnapping for the purpose of trafficking happens, absolutely. But a fact that is just as scary, if not more, is that it happens with people you trust; even family. Oftentimes a trafficker will gain a victims trust before they ever make a move to exploit them. 

They will even enter a friendship or romantic relationship with the victim to gain trust and extract information that will later be used to gaslight them and keep them emotionally bound to the abuser. 

Possibly the hardest form of trafficking to wrap our minds around is familial trafficking, where a member of a family will exploit another member to gain money, drugs, housing, or anything of value. Familial trafficking is one of the most common forms of human trafficking. 

Pornography is another large, and a rapidly growing catalyst that leads to the demand of sexual exploitation. Not only does it create a demand for more explicit content, it creates an unhealthy and distorted view of sex and intimacy. Studies have shown that the average age of exposure to pornographic content is just 11 years old. 

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Understanding the True Meaning of Grace – YWAM Asheville

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Understanding The True Meaning Of Grace

Introduction 

How many times have we heard words in church, yet if asked to define them we wouldn’t confidently be able to do so?…words like ‘grace’. What is grace? Is it a Christian word that we use as a cute baby name, or is there a deeper meaning to it? Let’s leave behind our preconceived notions of this word and let the Scripture define it for us. We will be looking at passages in the Bible from the books of Epheisans, Luke, Romans, and Corinthians. 

What is Grace? 

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” -Ephesians 2:8 

Paul states that by grace, through faith, we have been saved. It is through God’s grace that He extends his favor and kindness to us. It’s the posture of a personal God, who is not afraid of the mess his people have made, but loves them enough to call them out of it. The best representation of God’s grace is in Jesus Christ leaving his heavenly throne to dwell among us here on Earth. It’s in the beauty and brutality of the cross where we see the grace of God in action. King Jesus bearing our sin and shame. There is no greater picture of God’s grace than this, yet Jesus extends even more mercy and grace by saying “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:24) while he died the most shameful, excruciating death.

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What does Grace mean for a Christian? 

Now, what does God’s grace look like for a Christian, practically? As believers, we are welcome to call out to God as our Father…we are his children! And as his children, the Father pours out grace upon our weaknesses. Even after we have been saved by Christ, He continues to pour out grace upon us. We see that even the apostle Paul, a hero of our faith, needed God’s grace and reassurance that God’s grace is in fact enough. 

“But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. -2 Corinthians 12:9 

There is no weakness, no sin, nothing at all that God’s grace is not sufficient for. We cannot out-sin the death and resurrection of Jesus. It’s God’s love and grace through Christ that brought us salvation and it’s his grace that will keep us in right standing with God for all eternity.

His grace comes at a cost. That cost is the pride of man that keeps so many from accepting God’s grace in the first place. But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble” (James 4:6). This passage shows us that we need humility 

to receive God’s grace. We have to take a posture of humility before God in order to even recognize that we need his mercy in the first place. The call of the Christian is to live in this position; both in victory, and in humility. 

God’s grace is a gift, but not a gift we cannot abuse. 

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death”? (Romans 6:1-3). 

One thing that can be concluded from this passage is that once we’ve tasted the grace of God we will not be able to enjoy our sinful ways because they have been put to death. Does this mean you abuse God’s grace when we sin as christians? No not entirely, it’s only considered abuse whenever you willfully sin against God and then use grace as a way of trying to excuse your sin. 

Conclusion

As it was stated earlier grace is for the humble and the humble will joyfully repent of their sins and accept God’s grace. Experiencing reconciliation with our Maker! The reality is that Christians still sin…our flesh nature, though dead in Christ, still nags at us. A beautiful aspect of our relationship with Christ is that he gives us new grace everyday, extending forgiveness with patience, offering opportunities to put our sin nature behind us, that we may have life in the spirit. 

Going back to Luke 23:24, we have to look at how Jesus extended his grace and mercy even to the people that had him ridiculed and crucified. As imitators of Christ, we have to ask the question, is this how we’re living our everyday lives? As the Father has loved us, and extended grace to us, are we doing the same to others? This is one of the reasons Youth With A Mission exists, to know God and to make him known to others. What better way to do that than to show the grace of God to others and how God’s grace has transformed us. That’s why we go into foreign lands; because we’ve tasted the grace of God! How can we not share it with the rest of the world? What a joy it is to go out into the world and testify of the saving grace the Lord has bought for us through his death and resurrection. 

If you are interested in learning more about God’s amazing gift of grace, and want to be equipped in telling the world about His love, consider joining us for a Discipleship Training School, a YWAM DTS! During the DTS Lecture Phase, you will be given world class training, receive intentional discipleship, live in a loving community, and be empowered to chase after God’s call on your life. And during the Outreach Phase, you’ll be able to put all that you’ve learned to practice in the nations! After DTS, you are welcome to sign up for YWAM secondary schools around the world, at many different Youth With A Mission locations. There is really no limit to the types of training Youth With A Mission offers, all for the common purpose of “Knowing God, and Making God Known.” If you’re ready to get your missions journey started, apply for a DTS today!

Ways to Fight Against Human Trafficking

Ways to Fight Against Human Trafficking 

 

Introduction 

Not only is human trafficking a hot topic these days, it is an injustice close to the heart of God. Here at YWAM Asheville, we believe that the power of the Gospel, godly community, and the support of professional experts in the field can all successfully address the wounds of those who have been trafficked or experienced exploitation. But what can the everyday person do to help fight human trafficking?

What is Human Trafficking? 

We often assume that when someone refers to Human trafficking that it involves someone being used for sexual services and we leave out the whole other, huge aspect of people who are forced into horrific practices by the use of labor. Many times the two types of human trafficking: labor and sex go hand in hand. 

Domestic servitude, working on agricultural farms, the fishing industry, brick factories, sweatshops are just a few examples of ways that people are made to work with little to no pay. 

Now more than ever we have our hands on unlimited resources to figure out what is going on with trafficking in our world but we find it hard to know exactly what to do to fight this plight. Here are a few ways that you can be involved in saying “no more!” to trafficking in your country, state, even in your hometown. 

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6 Ways to Fight Against Human Trafficking 

  • Research: Do your homework! This one is overlooked by many, we want to jump in and feel that we’ve done something physically to combat human trafficking. But knowing what you’re talking about and what you’re truly trying to fight is key in the process. There are many things that are missed out on when you don’t know your terminology, aren’t sure what’s happening in your city, and are clueless to the people who are already making a difference.

     

  • Pray: Another overlooked one and often thrown to the curb. Intercessory prayer should be the foundation of any ministry. This is the time to get on your hands and knees before God, hear His heart, pray His prayers, and receive strategy for how you should be involved. Part of YWAM training includes teaching students how to effectively engage in intercessory prayer, and seeking God’s heart for any given situation. YWAM DTS and secondary school students will graduate with a solid foundation of prayer, comfortable and confident in approaching the throne of God in order to partner with Him in prayer.

 

  • Thrift: Something that seems so small but if we all commit to it it will make a difference. As a society we consume and waste so much, including clothing. Many clothes are made in sweatshops, where the conditions are horrific, the pay is terrible to nothing, and where people are worked to the bone. When you choose to thrift your clothes, you are not only helping the environment by choosing a sustainable option but you are defying the consumer mentality of, “I want more.” ThredUp and Poshmark are two great places to buy used clothing and to also sell some of your stuff. ThredUp will even send you a shipping label. so that you can recycle your old clothes sustainably rather than just giving it to a Goodwill.
  • Buy Ethically/Fair Trade Goods: Beautiful Earth is a company that specializes in non-blood diamonds. Tony’s Chocolonely are a part of Fairtrade and produce amazing chocolate. There are many companies out there who are doing their part in making sure that the money goes into the right pockets. 

  • Raise Awareness: Find a local anti-trafficking non-profit who can train you and offer volunteer opportunities. As you learn more about this injustice, use the platform that you already have to speak out against it. If you’re a stay at home mum, follow some social media accounts and repost. A student, find out about the scenarios that traffickers often use with your age group and make your friends aware. A businessman, invest financially and buy ethically. A small group leader at your church, do a session focussed on fighting trafficking and teach your group of the things they can watch out for. 

  • Give: A lot of us are called to give financially to aid the good works that are already happening. Youth With A Mission values depending on God in all areas, including financial provision. We also believe that generosity is a powerful thing. We have seen God move countless times through a simple financial gift. There are a lot of organizations that would benefit from $10 a month or one time giving. Make sure that you know where your money is going. 

 

How does YWAM Asheville Fight Against Human Trafficking? 

The Reshma Project is a ministry of YWAM Asheville. The vision of the Reshma Project is to expose the darkness of sex trafficking, to empower the enslaved to escape bondage, & to enrich their life and self with dignity. This takes place in India, North Africa, The Middle East, and locally in Asheville. As a community, YWAM Asheville is passionate about seeing a woman who has been affected by human trafficking be made whole. We approach this holistically, giving her practical training and

tools to create a sustainable income, provide counselling and therapy, and assist her with any physical illnesses or injuries she is experiencing. Through the whole process of restoration the Gospel is made real, personal, and tangible.

 

Final Takeaway 

If we each do our part we can make a dent in this industry that is running rampant around our world. It feels like an impossible battle to fight, but we just need to be faithful to do our part. Every small thing counts in the fight against human trafficking.

Laura-Beth Rimmer

Founder of The Reshma Project

Laura-Beth is not only a staff member here at YWAM Asheville, she is an abolitionist. With a lifelong calling to “disciple and empower those affected by human trafficking”, Laura-Beth is the founder of The Reshma Project.

 

5 Things Every Christian Should Know

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Introduction

There are a myriad of truths, endless revelations, and never ending wisdom to experience, live by, and behold in the Christian walk. There are, however, 5 key things that we believe every Christian should know, understand, and be able to explain to others. 

As a result of the 1500’s reformation, Protestant Christians partnered with the Holy Spirit to condense our core Christian beliefs into 5 statements. These are referred to as “The 5 Solas” (“sola” meaning solo, alone, or only). 

 

5 Things Every Christian Should Know

These 5 statements play a huge role in what makes our faith in Jesus unique to other belief systems. The 5 Solas are:

  1. Sola Scriptura: “Scripture Alone”
  2. Sola Fide: “Faith Alone”
  3. Sola Gratia: “Grace Alone”
  4. Solo Christo: “Christ Alone”
  5. Soli Deo gloria: “To the Glory of God Alone”

 

Scripture Alone:

At YWAM Asheville, we believe that every human is able to hear the voice of God. This is a foundational teaching that students receive in a YWAM DTS. Since God speaks to us all in different ways, it is important that we have means to verify if it really is Him who is speaking to us. God will never contradict something He has already revealed to us in Scripture. Therefore, we use Scripture as a measuring stick to make sure that our lives, actions, and beliefs are in line with the truth. It is Scripture alone that we use as the road map in everyday life as a Christian, and Scripture alone that we use as a “true north” when navigating gray areas. Christianity is nothing more than an interesting idea if it is not rooted deeply in the narrative of Scripture.

Holding the Bible as holy, relevant, and authoritative does not mean that Christians can’t find truth or learn from other sources or life experiences.  What “Sola Scriptura” conveys is the weight and reverence that we are to give only to Scripture. Because we believe it is the word of God, it is the ultimate authority for us; not culture, not preference, not emotion, not logic…We choose, by faith, to allow Scripture the final word in all matters.

2 Peter 1:20-21 

2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Bible is alive, it speaks to me. Is has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.”

-Martin Luther

Faith Alone: 

God often demonstrates His lavish generosity towards humanity in the form of relationship. Much like a loving parent, God promises to take care of our every need, temporal and eternal, if we would simply trust Him to be our provider. (Matthew 6:25-34)

Our God is not asking for good work, sacrifices, or rituals in in exchange for His favor. He extends favor to those who have faith in Him, in His accomplished work on the cross, in His character, and in His ways.  

Sola fide emphasizes salvation as a free gift. The Roman Catholic Church of the time emphasized the use of indulgences (donating money) to buy status with God. Good works, including baptism, were seen as required for salvation. Sola fide stated that salvation is a free gift to all who accept it by faith (John 3:16). Salvation is not based on human effort or good deeds (Ephesians 2:9).”

The word “faith” is used in society for many different things. But unlike the majority of these meanings, Sola Fide points to the deep convictions Christians cling to in every season of life. Faith that He is God and faith that He is enough. 

It is by faith alone that we are made right with God (Gal 3:11). It is by faith alone that the Christian receives the gift of grace.

Grace Alone:

Christianity is often mistakenly viewed as a set of rules to live by in order to get to heaven. This is a very damaging perception of our faith because it distorts the true message of the Gospel! What makes Jesus beautiful? Grace. What makes Jesus different? Grace. What makes Jesus worth it? Grace.

The reality that no human throughout all of time could ever perform their way into heaven is not a surprise to God. He never expected us to behave or be “good enough”. Giving HIMSELF in our place was always the plan. Grace was always the plan.  

2 Timothy 1:9 “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.[emphasis added]

We are invited into a BETTER way of living on this side of eternity as a result of grace, not as a means to obtain it. 

Ephesians 2: 8-9For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

True Christianity has no place for a list of rules that make you feel better than other people. That is the exact religious and toxic mindset that Jesus came to demolish. The banner over Biblical Christianity is “We are all broken and there’s nothing we can do about it…and because God loves us, He made a way for broken people to be made whole.” 

It is grace alone that gives us the freedom we all ache for. It is grace alone that warrants our next breath. And it is grace alone that should dictate how we treat ourselves and others. 

Christ Alone:

This may seem simple enough at first glance, but the concept of exclusive Lordship can be pretty offensive. The majority of other belief systems refuse to attribute deity and divinity to a singular being. Still others refuse to accept that humans are not capable of achieving divinity. Solo Christo communicates that there is no God but Yahweh and no means by which to come to Him but through Christ. We do not rely upon a priest, shaman, or spiritual guide to enter the heavenlies. We are free to “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence” (Hebrews 4:16) because we know Christ in us is more than enough to give us full access to God. It is Christ’s SUFFICIENCY, in every way, that is so astounding.

Prior to the Cross, God’s people relied on prophets, kings, judges, or priests to access God. But when the veil in the temple of Jerusalem tore from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51), God made clear that Jesus’s sacrifice alone had made a way for all humanity to enter the holy of holies, once and for all. 

To the Glory of God Alone: 

Soli Deo gloria emphasizes the glory of God as the goal of life. Rather than striving to please church leaders, keep a list of rules, or guard our own interests, our goal is to glorify the Lord. The idea of soli Deo gloria is found in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 

Not only does this concept challenge religious ladder climbing, it pushes back against the world’s way of self promotion and it’s obsession with autonomy. When a believer surrenders their life to Christ, they surrender their rights as well. 

One of the things that I love most about being a Christian is the daily death and resurrection I get to experience that brings indescribable peace. Because I have chosen to die with Christ, I have chosen to rise with Him as well. So the life I now live no longer belongs to me, but to God. I have the immense pleasure of bypassing the things of life that cause so many to navel gaze and trip over their own feet, because I am not living my own life any more. It’s not about me! What freedom! I’m given the honor of choosing, instead, what glorifies God most in each situation. And what glorifies God ALWAYS, without fail, edifies me. This is not a permission slip to be passive, quite the opposite. This is a war cry within the heart of every believer to be zealous about the things that bring God glory!

(Conclusion

The 5 Solas are a treasure. They have come to us today because of the tireless and sacrificial work of the church over many centuries. I am grateful for a heritage of reformers that refuse to let anything get in the way of the Gospel, and denounce any force that would try to pollute it. You can learn more about the 5 Solas here. (The linked article is the source for the external sources included above.)

In a YWAM Discipleship Training School, we dive deep into each one of these truths in different ways. In a DTS lecture phase, students are given biblically grounded teaching on the sufficiency of Christ’s work, His worthiness to be Lord alone in our hearts, and the tools to live a life that glorifies Him. Then, in the outreach phase, students have the opportunity to practice demonstrating the transformational power of the Gospel. If you (or someone you know) are ready to take your relationship with God to the next level, apply for the next DTS at YWAM Asheville. The only YWAM DTS requirements are the completion of highschool and a heart ready to say “yes”! Apply today in just 3 minutes for free! 

The Greatest Teaching In The Bible

The Greatest Teaching In The Bible

The word of God is overflowing with wisdom, insight, revelation, and generally good ideas to live by. But what is the greatest teaching in the Bible? Is it to “do good”? Love God? The Golden Rule? If I had to boil it all down to a single principle, what would it be? 

Jesus did something like this in Matthew 22:30-40.

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

What did this Bible teaching mean back then?

At face value, this has a simple takeaway. It seems that Jesus is saying that loving God (and therefore loving His creation) is the greatest commandment. 

However, we often overlook the setting in which Jesus said this. He was speaking to experts in the law. The men asking this question had deeply invested their entire lives to studying the law. The same law that Jesus just quickly summarized, and in a sense, simplified. 

The Sadducees and the Pharisees, though very different in thought and practices, shared one thing; zeal for the law. I can only imagine this swift simplification of the 613 commandments in the old testament, not counting the oral traditions that pharisees held as law, would have been offensive. How dare this rough around the edges, Galilean, street preacher reduce the hundreds of laws that have shaped an entire nation and culture to something as basic as love? 

What we often miss in this conversation is the radical implications that Jesus was communicating to these law experts…what He was saying silently to this very specific audience. Jesus was provoking them to consider that the entirety of the law’s purpose was not actually to produce holiness, lawfulness, cleanliness, or even right standing before God. It was always meant to produce love. AND THEREFORE, if the point of the law is love, not justification..Jesus was challenging these men to trust God for their salvation…Not the law, not the traditions, not sacrifices, not a spotless record, not THEMSELVES. It’s always been about loving a God who we trust to save us. A God we trust is bigger than our ability to behave, to please Him, to do good things.

Think of it this way…

if you were in a romantic relationship with someone who was also in control over paying all of your bills, providing your food and housing, you transportation, and so on…it would be impossible to love them without those privileges in the back of your mind all the time. You would feel pressure to “love” them in such a way that keeps you in their good graces. You want to convince them of your worthiness so that they keep providing those things for you. It wouldn’t really be love, would it? It would be a business-like, transactional relationship. 

Jesus was inviting his audience out of a transactional relationship into a loving relationship. A relationship that is based in monumental, soul consuming, eternal trust – not acts of sacrifice meant to attain and maintain favor. 

What does this Bible teaching mean today?

That is still what God is inviting His people to do. Love Him in a relationship that is based on trust, not fear. He isn’t interested in our efforts to impress Him. He’s interested in a heart that walks humbly with Him (Micah 6:8), trusting that He is sufficient for all our needs, both here on earth and in eternity. 

What are you doing to “buy” God’s grace? Are you pursuing holiness out of fear? Are you avoiding sin to avoid punishment?

There is a better way. Choosing to love God and love others with your life as an overflow of trust in Jesus is what life in abundance looks like. And that is the greatest teaching in the Bible.  

What should I do next?

To apply the truth of Scripture, we must ask the Holy Spirit to reveal where it is not yet present in our lives. Where have you resisted, hidden, or ignored this truth in your life? Take some time to pray and seek what the Lord says about your trust in Him….about the nature of your relationship with Him. Let Him lead you to an intimate and personal application. If you would like a deeper understanding of the Bible, what it means to trust Jesus, love God, and love others, a DTS at YWAM Asheville is a great place to start. The only DTS requirements is a heart that is hungry for God, a willingness to learn, and a readiness to be transformed. YWAM schools are designed to reveal this very teaching in greater depth. We focus on how we can be better lovers of God and the world around us. Join us for the next YWAM Discipleship Training School here in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina!