あなたを止めているものは何? What is stopping you?

Yesterday was the last day of “Next Generation Leaders” series

We saved the best for  last because the last leader that Luke spoke about yesterday was “YOUNG JESUS!!”

What really spoke to me yesterday was,

Jesus was in church and engaging even when his family wasn’t in church

photo by Saki


さて、両親は過越の祭りには、毎年かかさずエルサレムに行きました。 42 十二歳の時、イエスは祭りの習慣どおり、両親についてエルサレムに行きました。 43 祭りが終わると、両親は帰途に着きましたが、イエスはそのまま、エルサレムに残りました。 そうとは知らない両親は、 44 てっきりほかの人たちといっしょだろうと考え、たいして気にもとめず、その日一日、旅を続けました。 ところが、夕方になってもイエスの姿は見あたりません。 あわてて、親族や友人たちの間を捜し始めました。 45 それでも、やっぱり見つかりません。 とうとう捜しながらエルサレムまで引き返しました。
46  三日後、ようやく、イエスの居場所がわかりました。 なんと、神殿で法律の教師たちを相手に、むずかしい議論をしていたのです。 47 取り巻く見物人はみな、イエスの知恵と答えとに舌を巻いていました。

48  両親は、わが子が落ち着きはらって座っているのを見て、面食らってしまいました。 「どうして、こんなことをしてくれたんですっ! お父さんもお母さんも、どんなに心配して捜し回ったか知れないんですよっ」と、マリヤが言いました。
49  ところがイエスは、「なぜ捜したの。 ぼくがお父さんの家〔神殿〕にいるって、わからなかったのかなあ」とお答えになりました。 50 こう言われても、どういうことか、両親にはさっぱりわかりませんでした。

Luke 2:41-50

[41] Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. [42] When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. [43] After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. [44] Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. [45] When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. [46] After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. [47] Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.

[48] When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”[49] “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” [50] But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

Young Jesus was passionate about church.

At first his parents didn’t understand.

But Jesus knew that he had to be in church.

There are some things you can only get by being in a church. Being a part of a church community.

I want to encourage you to make church a priority in your life!

Make a decision that on Sundays (or Tuesdays) you are coming to church.

Did you know that the moment you decide to get planted in church you will face many temptations?

Suddenly on Sunday morning you feel sick.

If you are married, on Sunday mornings more than any other days, you have a fight.

10 minutes before going to church, your friend will call you and say “let’s hang out today!”

Your new part time job makes you work on Sundays.

Your college activities always happen on Sundays.

あなたにとって、鼻水が止まらないことが教会にいかない理由になるのだとしたら、知ってた? 毎週日曜日鼻水が出るよ!(笑)
If only a runny nose will stop you from coming to church… guess what?  You will have a runny nose every Sunday!! 

What keeps you out of church?

Do you know why temptation comes on Sundays?

That’s because the devil knows that if you and your family go to church, you will keep on growing and get blessed by God!!

This is the story before I became a Christian.

When I started going to a church in Australia, at first I went to church to make friends, but as I started going I didn’t know why but I was so excited to go to church every week and I felt that I had to be there.

But I had to overcome some challenges.

I could only go to church by car so back then I asked my mum to drive for me as I was scared to drive.

But one day before church, it was raining heavily and my mum said to me, (she wasn’t a Christian back then)

“I don’t want to drive today. You have to miss church.”

そのとき凄い自分の中で戦った。 運転してもらっているブンザイで、無理にお願いするのも自己中だっておもわれるってわかってた。
I was battling inside.  I know that she will think that I am selfish because she is the one actually driving.

But I couldn’t compromise it. I knew that I had to be in church.

I said to her, “I’ll help you with anything mum, so can you please drive me to church?”

普段あまりわがままいわなかった私が、譲らなくて母親も驚いてた。 でも、母親も私が何故そこまでいきたいのか理解できなくてそこで喧嘩になってしまった。
My mum was surprised because I don’t usually say things like that.  She couldn’t understand why I wasn’t listening to her and we had a fight.

She said to me, “No one is going to be there anyway because of this rain!! If you really want to go, why don’t you drive from now on?”

I remember that day, I received so much by being in church.

その次の日から、私は苦手だった運転の練習を再開した。 そして、教会にいくだけのために運転するようになった!!
And from that day, I started to practice driving again. And I started driving just to go to church!!

I wasn’t a Christian back then, but I knew the importance of going to church.  

I am sure people will look at me back then and wonder, “why?” but because I kept on going to church, I was able to find Jesus. And I am here today because I didn’t give up. 

I had other obstacles such as having stomach ache every week before going to church and sometimes my parents were yelling at me, but everytime I chose to go to church regardless of my circumstances, I felt so blessed by the time I got back home.  My stomach ache had disappeared too!

And through my passion, my mum was able to find Jesus herself too! And we got baptized together that year!!!

Now my mum loves God and her church 🙂

You got to protect your passion!

Because things will try to steal your passion from you.

Let’s hold on to your passion.

I just want to encourage you all today.

Whether  you are a Christian or not, I want you to choose one church  and keep on going there.

私も最初好奇心から教会にいきはじめた。 イエスって誰?祈るってどうやって?とかまったくわかってなかった。
I first started going to church because I was curious.  I didn’t know about Jesus and I didn’t know how to pray.

But every time I went to church, I got to meet the warm people and I felt so light inside. That’s why I kept on going.

So that’s why I want you to come and see our church!

Church is the place that you are going to find what you are looking for!!!

If you are reading this blog,  why don’t you take a step forward and come to church ?


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