What’s your life about? Are you making a difference in someone else’s life? I believe that’s one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves. If you’re not making a positive difference in someone’s life, then why not, and who will?
Christian camps around the world have been investing in lives for many years. Lives have been changed because campers have come to know the God who created them and who loves them dearly.
Here at Camp Bethel, our promise to everyone is that campers will hear the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ multiple times throughout the week they’re here. In fact, this summer’s theme is the word “One.” Nightly topics include “One God,” “One Way,” “One Decision” and “One Life.”
The world teaches that there are many gods, but that they are really all the same god, just many ways to him, and whatever way works for you is OK. This teaching is absolutely wrong. Our youth need to know more than ever that there is only one true God, and we can only come to Him on His terms. The one and only true God created everything, including you and me. So, if He created us, then we should be interested in knowing what He says about having a relationship with Him.
In His word, the Bible, He says that we can only come unto Him through His son, Jesus. We read this in John 14:6, Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Then we read in John 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” So, we see that for us to come unto God, we must receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. How do we do that, Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Scripture tells us that “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Therefore, we have one important decision to make, receive Him or not. Before we make that decision, we must understand that we all will live for eternity. If we receive Him, then eternity will be with Him. If we reject Him, then eternity will be apart from Him.
You see, our wrongdoings, our sins, must be paid for, and Jesus is the only one who could pay that debt for us. Therefore, Jesus is the only way to God. Once we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then we have our life to live for Him.
Again, God’s word tells us how we should live. Ephesians 5:1-17 and Colossians 3:1-17 tell us how to live our lives so we’re pleasing to Him and make a difference in others’ lives along the way. Making a true difference in others lives is really what counts and with Christ’s help we can make that difference.
Tim Huff is the executive director of Camp Bethel.