Ryan Reimschisel began the chapel this week by introducing the speaker Kyle Zimmerman. Mr. Zimmerman gave us an incredible insight on how to act in our relationships with God as exiles. A verse he quoted was 2 Timothy 2:4, “Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” Essentially, as exiles, we need to be living examples of Jesus Christ.
Mr. Zimmerman went on to say that we need to step up as exiles and say “I will” instead of “I know I should.” We are supposed to step out of the “selfie culture” and step into the “selfless culture.” In order to step up as exiles, we need to strengthen our relationships with God. According to Mr. Zimmerman we were created for intimacy and oneness with God. Basically, Mr Zimmerman introduced the concept of embracing Jesus and rejecting the ways of the world. Therefore, we are supposed to focus on our oneness with God and on how we can step up as exiles.
Another excellent point that Mr. Zimmerman made is the idea of being a believer of Jesus or being a follower of Jesus. He distinguished the difference between them by using a basketball analogy. Imagine that Jesus is a basketball coach and we are all players on his team. In this analogy we can choose to sit on the bench and accept we won’t play, or we can do our best to improve upon our mistakes in order to be able to play in the game. In order to break this analogy down, we need to ask ourselves what our relationships with Jesus look like. Are we believers of Jesus or followers of Jesus? If we are just believers of Jesus, then how can we improve and strengthen our relationships with Jesus? One way Mr. Zimmerman mentioned was that we can strengthen our relationships with Jesus by learning from our mistakes moving forward.
Mr. Zimmerman concluded the chapel by challenging us to ask ourselves who and what are we living for. He also encouraged us to rise up as exiles instead of living in mediocrity. Mr. Zimmerman summed up the rest of the chapel by saying we shouldn’t have the “I know I should mindset.” We need to have the “I will” mindset. There needs to be a revival within our generation and that starts with us. We can’t live with fear in our hearts. We need to step up as exiles and realize that Christianity isn’t a checklist, but it is a wonderful journey that is between you and God.
Article submitted by Chloe Cummins
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