Well July is now here; the month that sees the start of four weeks of Young People’s Bible Camp on the cliff top at Beeston Regis. It doesn’t seem very long since we were there last year does it?
Have you ever stopped and wondered what happens between each year’s camp? I know we have rallies throughout the year when we have the chance to meet our camp friends, but during that time there are a lot of people making plans and getting things prepared and ready for the next year.
The committee members are busy getting the site and the equipment organised, the leaders of each camp are getting their teams ready, the cooks are busy planning the delicious food we are going to eat, the tent leaders are devising the games and activities for us to enjoy and the speakers are preparing their talks.
Now July is here, it will not be long before you, if you are coming to camp, will be getting ready too, packing clothes and other things that you will need for the week.
There are many other things that we need to get ready for in life; some of you may be getting ready later this year to go a new school, or to university or a new job. But there is one thing we must all be prepared for – eternity.
In the Bible, we are taught that it is important for us to be ready because we are only promised today. Indeed the Bible says ”Behold now is the accepted time, behold now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6 v 2).
In the Old Testament, God sent His people, Israel, an important message by the prophet Amos. The message said “Prepare to meet thy God” (Amos 4 v 12) and it comes in a chapter where God spoke through Amos about judging Israel because of its sin and rebellion against Him. In the New Testament we learn that we must be prepared and ready for the coming of the Lord Jesus.
So how do we do this? We do so by believing that the Lord Jesus came into the world in order to take God’s judgment against our sin when he died on the cross. Through his death on the cross, the Lord Jesus has prepared a way for us to come back to God and have our sins forgiven. The Lord Jesus Himself said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man cometh unto the Father but by Me” (John 14 v 6).
The important thing is that we accept the offer of God’s salvation by confessing our sin, asking God to forgive us and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says that “if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10 v 9).
This is what camp is all about; the opportunity for young people to hear about the Lord Jesus and the message from God that He will forgive our sins if we are prepared to obey His word. So, as you get ready for camp this year, make sure you have made the most important preparation you can, by asking the Lord Jesus into your heart and life and to forgive your sin.
If you are coming to camp this year, I pray that you will have a great time and, above all, find the Lord Jesus as your Saviour.
(Young Christians Camp Leader)