Hello friends . . . grace and peace,
There’s a word in today’s culture and it’s “woke”. I’ll let you look it up to learn about it’s origins but suffice to say, if you are “woke” it means you become aware of something. Or more to the point, someone has informed you, or something has happened and you’ve been “woke” to a whole new understanding or way of seeing things in the world, or even just in your local community.
Perhaps you learned about an injustice going on in another part of the world, or even just down the street. Maybe you thought you understood something, and even posted your thoughts about it on social media but then, you gained a different perspective. It’s possible to realize that you didn’t have all the information you needed to truly form a valid opinion and then, boom, you get “woke” to how things really are.
Jesus “woke” his followers pretty much every day. Those poor men and women must have gone into some days wondering, “What is Jesus gonna teach us today? And how are we going to have our minds blown?” Think of just these couple of examples:
Jesus talks with a Samaritan woman, by himself, at Jacob’s well (John 4:1-42)
Jesus heals a man born blind on the Sabbath Day (John 9)
Jesus walks out of his tomb, after having been dead for 3 days (John 20:1-29)
Here at the STYG (st thomas youth group) our desire is to see students get “woke” by participating in the ongoing redemption project that God began thousands of years ago. We invite students to follow The Way of Jesus with their entire lives, trusting that in Jesus, God is making all things new. All of Creation is getting “woke” to the idea that there is nothing God can’t use and redeem.
So, as we move into a season of Resurrection in the church calendar, maybe this question is more relevant now . . . What needs to get “woke” within you? Our prayer is that things like Youth Group, Film School, D-Groups, Love Journey, and Stuff To Sign Up For can help you in your amazing journey with God.
peace to you