Thought for the month – June 2017

Making your Choice

The month of June has now started. At the end of next month, Camp 2017 starts with the Senior Camp for the 15-18 year olds. After this, there is the Young Christians’ Camp for the 14-20 age group. The Junior Camp for 9-11’s and then the Teen Camp for 12-14’s follow. You need to decide which Camp you will attend and submit your application with an appropriate payment. There are currently plenty of places available, but places are limited. So the earlier you apply, the better.

This month includes the date set for the UK general election. This provides eligible people with the opportunity to vote for a member of parliament. The outcome nationally leads to a new government being formed to rule over us for a period.

We might not be eligible to vote in a general election regarding our temporary secular government. However, we can each make a decision that will affect permanently our spiritual government and eternal destiny. When we repent and trust Christ as Lord and Saviour, we are forgiven and transferred into His kingdom. “[God the Father] hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” (Colossians 1:13-14)

With our concern for young people, the recent atrocities in Manchester, where young people were targeted, were particularly painful. These were a reminder of the brevity and fragility of life. We all, younger people included, have to be ready for eternity now. “I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured [helped] thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

The application for Camp requires a payment. The required payment for salvation is a redemption price. That has already been paid “[Christ Jesus] gave himself a ransom for all” (1 Timothy 2:6).

The children of Israel were presented with two options many years ago. “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:19). The Lord Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10). What choice have we made?

Michael Sparkes
Committee Member and Support Leader on Junior Camp