Director: Kaitlyn Witherell
Theme: More Than Anything
Date: April 5-7, 2019
While I was praying about what God wanted as a theme for this weekend, I knew God was telling me that the focus had to be on Jesus. Of course, I figured this was a given and continuously prayed about what this meant. God guided me towards realizing that He was telling me that the focus of life is Jesus, to want Him more than anything giving me the theme of VNTB #32, More Than Anything.
This may seem simple or obvious to most of us, but through this theme I want to challenge myself, the team, and the candidates to really reflect on if we truly want Jesus More Than Anything every minute of our lives. Even that statement, “every minute”, does that give us pause? Do we feel like that is too much to ask of us? When I say “More than anything” what do you think of? Choosing church over sleep or choosing to read the Bible instead of watching television? Those are important actions but let’s take it a step further. What about our relationships? Our education? Our jobs or careers? Our family? Do we want Him more than those? How about when we go through difficult times in our lives? Or when all we FEEL we need is healing or saving from the hurt we’re experiencing? During these moments do we truly know that He has already given us what we already need. Do we still want Jesus more than what we ask of Him? Or when He gives us an answer we weren’t expecting or wanting? Do we want Him more than we want to be comfortable in this life?
We live in a world that tells us our main priority is to be comfortable, to take care of self no matter what the cost, but this is a lie. The truth that Scripture teaches us is to take up our crosses and follow Him. This might result in difficult, very uncomfortable times; however, things don’t often grow in comfortable environments. It is about having an eternal mindset. If
our goal is to be more like Jesus than He should always be our focus, not comfortable living. Once we live for heaven, our joy is no longer tied to our circumstances. One of the weekend verses, Colossians 3:2-3, states “Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Could any place be better than being hidden with Christ? Jesus must be our ideal, our focus, the Lord of our life, our everything. He wants to be our everything so much that He tells us in Matthew 10:37-39, “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me and whoever loves son and daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow
me is not worth of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” These are extremely powerful words that demonstrate just how much we should want and need Jesus more than anything this life can offer. He is to be loved even beyond some of the nearest relationships we can have in life. We must value Jesus more than this life, otherwise we cannot be His disciples.
Wanting Jesus more than anything takes dying to ourselves daily. Not only recognizing that He has given us what we already need through His death and resurrection and a relationship with Him, but living for Him because of this every day. I am truly looking forward to growing more with you and getting to know our Savior more together through this journey!
Kaitlyn Witherell – Honored to be serving as the VNTB#32 Director