GYC Seattle: Day 2

Acts: the Revolution Continues.

I had been counting down the days until this year’s conference. Now my feet are aching, my throat is sore from talking, my mind is tired from concentrating, but I could not be more refreshed. Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.

Last night, Justin McNeilus summed up GYC in one word: faithfulness. Faithfulness. Faithful to what? You know, I used to think that one had to attend a seminar to receive the “big blessing”, but I have been so blessed by the plenary devotions! This concept of faithfulness has been threaded throughout each session, but a unique twist to each.

This morning, Wes Peppers centered on John the Baptist being the start of the revolution. Though he was not the cause and sustainer, he ushered in the One who was. Pastor Wes showed how John’s love for the people was far greater than his love of their approval. “He loved their souls more than what they thought of him!” was a rebuke to my people-pleasing heart! Furthermore, what really got me was the most well-known verse spoken by John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease,” (John 3:30). Even though John could’ve taken the glory for himself, he didn’t! Instead, he was faithful to the God he served, even if it meant his time of “fame” was ending.

David Shin spoke this evening on our need for a radical heart transformation for us to love souls the way Jesus does. He recounted testimonies of those about to lose their lives and how their priorities became so clear. If we only had five more minutes to live, what would we do? Where do we really invest our time, our talents, and our hearts? The Lord is clear that we cannot change our own hearts, but we must be willing to let Him change us! Are we willing to be changed? Are we willing to be self-forgetful? Are we willing to be faithful to the great commission and love souls as Jesus does?

There are so many things to enjoy at GYC! There have been great meals, awesome networking times, inspiring messages, and quiet communion with God. As Pastor Ramdin pointed out in the Divine Service, we are privileged to be here–I didn’t see an empty seat in the auditorium!

My prayer for myself and all of us, at GYC or not, is that we become more faithful everyday. I pray we remember that GYC is not a conference, but a movement made up of radically-committed-to-Jesus Seventh-Day Adventists. May He come sooner than soon.

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PS: I soooooo cannot wait for the evangelism tomorrow!

  • Tiffany

    Thanks Callie. 🙂

  • Bethany Duffield

    Yes the message by Wes Peppers really struck close to home. John the Bapstist’s love for the souls of others and for thier salvation was far greater then his fear of what they thought of him. He was totally consumed with the cause of Christ and not afraid of the opinions of others!
    In today’s world life is so busy and it’s so easy to become consumed with what we need and wants, our goals and ideas and not realize the worth of those for which Christ died. The worth of humanity in the eyes of God is so high and like David Shin said we won’t fully realize it until we are standing on the sea of glass in the New Jerusalem. Only the Lord can put that love of souls into our hearts! But we have to be willing to GO for him, to go and spill out our lives for His cause not putting our fears of what others think about us in front of Christ love for them. Are we willing? AM I willing…to go? I love ‘God does not call the qualified, He qualifies those whom he calls.’

  • Bill

    What is faithfulness? Is it a duty, a goal or an obligation? Or, is it a description, a result or a consequence? I believe the answer makes all the difference in the universe.

    If it is the former then faithfulness, or the desire for it, becomes the operative force in my life. If it is the latter then faithfulness merely describes the result of a different kind of power.

    Understanding the character of the operative force in my life makes a huge difference in how comfortable I am with God. This, in turn, greatly affects how I see, feel about and treat others.


  • Araceli

    Great. Comment Bethany,.

  • I have never been to one of these conventions, yet I am an ardent reader of any feed with GYC on it; I have been blessed by your write. Even more burning; with an urge to eagerly anticipate a change of heart to save souls. Thank you Callie. And also by your comment, ‘…but a movement made up of radically-committed-to-Jesus Seventh-Day Adventists.’ It makes me feel in-place. 🙂 Please extend an invitation to Africa some day!

  • angela Babere

    Oh guys what a conference, I wish I was among you! Thanks Callie for posting! There some of us like me who wish to be there but we cant. Please remember us in your prayers that one day God may allow me and many others to have that privilege despite life challenges we are facing right now. Be blessed everyone!