Relay Blog: Delight
As Christmas decorations come down, festivities end, and nights remain long and cold, it can be hard to settle back into a daily routine following a restful break with family and friends.
January is widely known for new beginnings. But amid grey days and broken resolutions, it can often bring a lack of positivity and productivity.
We eased ourselves back into a busy term by beginning the year at UCCF’s annual New Years Training Conference. Over 200 Staff and Relay Workers from across the UK and Ireland gathered together for a week of teaching, reflecting, praying and praising our God, while also preparing and being equipped for the term ahead.
This might not sound like a very relaxing way to start! But for me this has been one of the many joys of Relay – to have the opportunity to meet together with other Christians who serve in student ministry; to pray, to learn, and to worship together.
As this new year begins, many of us may have started to make resolutions as we plan and prepare for the year ahead. As we look towards the future, we can be drawn to think of God’s will for our lives and start to question ‘what does God want for me’ or ‘what is the purpose of my life’. We may call out to God for answers and become frustrated when we seem to not hear from Him as clearly or obviously as we had hoped.
During one of the seminars at NYTC, we looked at making decisions about the future and what it means to know God’s will. In his letter to the church in Thessalonica, Paul writes these final instructions;
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
In his letter to the Colossians, Paul also writes;
“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will… so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way.”
I was so thankful to be reminded that God’s will for my life is not an endless list of what career I need to have, where I should live, who I will marry and any other ‘life goals’. Of course, it would be easier for most of us to have clear answers to these. But then,we would miss the point.
God created the world for His glory. And we reflect His glory when we take delight in Him and in our relationship with Him.
Spending time with God in His presence and getting to know Him brings “fullness of joy” and “pleasures forevermore” as David writes in Psalm 16. When we live a life that fulfils the purpose of bringing God glory, we become filled with an inexpressible joy that we have never known, as we delight in Him. As John Piper famously puts it;
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”.
As I begin a new term at Coleraine, I hope to inspire students to see God’s grace afresh, to be reminded of God’s goodness and the greatness of His love, and I pray that He becomes their greatest delight.
Alesia Yermak is a Relay Worker with Christian Unions Ireland.
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