“And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 ESV
As part of the Vision God has given me I realized that a youth group grows best when the students in the youth group have ownership in that group. One way I have challenged our students to do that is to come up with a name for our youth group. Since we have a gym and play a lot of basketball and other sports or games they have decided on the name Crossed Up! How does that relate to faith you might ask? In Luke 9:23 Jesus gives a hard call to action to his disciples. He says if anyone wants to be His disciple, they must deny themselves, take up their cross and what?... follow after Him. In basketball, the idea of getting crossed up means the person you were guarding was handling the ball so well your whole plan of defense got changed up. Such is so when we choose to dedicate our entire lives to Jesus. The purpose of the ball handler is to throw off the enemy. The purpose of Jesus was to throw off the enemy. The purpose of His challenge to the disciples is the same. So, we want to be Crossed Up with Jesus. We want his love and grace to fill our lives so deeply that our plan of action is thrown off entirely. Because, denying ourselves means our plan of action is second to God’s plan of action for our lives. That is the heart of Crossed Up Youth Ministries at First Baptist Church Leander!