This past Saturday night at Elevate Dublin, I was quickly reminded of why I love what I do. The purpose and vision behind Elevate is to bring young people together in an environment where they feel they have freedom to worship the way they want to, to express themselves how they want to, and also to build new friendships. Aaron Ferris and Khanya came to lead this group into a wonderful night of worship. Both guys and their bands each brought a different touch to the evening.
Aaron included a few videos and songs that focused on the persecuted church and the elements of torture that our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ must endure in other countries, all for the sake of being a Christian and refusing to deny Christ. It’s was very emotional and gripped the hearts of many. For myself it was a quick reminder of how we take our freedom for granted in so many ways. In these different countries Christians are publicly executed in horrendous ways as crowds of spectators stand and cheer. That alone takes me back to the death of Christ and how the crowd cheered to have an innocent man put to death, while releasing a convict. Christ says in John 15:20, ‘Remember that I told you, A servant is not greater than his master is not superior to him. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word and obeyed My teachings, they will also keep and obey yours.’. Often times we may not understand why such hatred or why we have to endure the things we must endure, but one thing for sure is we have to keep our eyes on Christ. While we have fellow believers in countries that revoke their freedom to serve God, we must continue to lift them in prayer. That God will strengthen them and their families. That God would give them wisdom and embrace them and their families. Also, it’s time for those that have freedom to stop taking it for granted. We must praise God, trust God, rely on God for all things. Every time we moan….lets us go back to the things in which we learn about those being tortured for the name of Christ. The torture their children and families endure, all because of their love and passion for Christ. God fill us with such a passion for You!
After a powerful time of worship and learning more about the persecuted church, Khanya lead us in another time of powerful worship. As everyone was gathered together to just spend time in the presence of God.
Two different but powerful styles of worship all with the same goal in mind. As I took time to observe the audience and see their intent was not to come only to listen to a band plan but to engage and soak up the presence of God. It was a wonderful time and great to see young people seek God with a different attitude….it was a attitude of hunger! An answer to prayer…..Prayer works!
In Ezekiel God raises an army from a valley of dry bones….. I believe God is raising an army in Ireland among the young people!