Here at True Vine we have a youth group that meets every other Wednesday. The group has been in place several years but only recently adopted the name BLAZE. Several names were looked at, but the meaning behind Blaze is what led us to choose it for the groups name. Blaze is a one word summary of the burning passion we want to teach our kids to have about Jesus, and it comes from Jeremiah 20:9.
Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
– Jeremiah 20:9
Jeremiah was God’s prophet, and we read that he was delivering God’s message to the people. Jeremiah through God spoke out against the sin the people were living in and it greatly offended the people who began to mock him, hate him, even beat him and put him in stocks. This got Jeremiah down and led him to say the first part of verse 9 which was “I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name”. Its becoming ever more popular for main stream to dismiss, disrespect, and outright persecute Christians. Its not gotten as bad in America as it is in other Christians, but with the growing criticism toward the church and the bible telling us that things will get worse, it should be no surprise we can and will be persecuted if we take a stand for Christ. With the current growing climate of negativism toward Christians many, like Jeremiah hung their head, and said I’m done.
If you read the second part of Jeremiah 20:9 though, even though in himself Jeremiah got beat down, and got discouraged, he still said “But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay”. Jeremiah had something in him that was bigger than he was. He described it like a burning fire that was consuming every bit of who he was and he could not keep quiet about the message of God!
As a Christian you should have that same fire inside of you, a fire to want to help tell others about Jesus, a flame to spread his word, and a BLAZE to further his Kingdom.
So when you see our Blaze banners and logo, or our #cantkeepquiet hashtag, let it be a reminder to always be a burning light for Christ! For more information about our youth group click here.