I love this time of year as we wait for Christmas. It reminds me of the thousands of years spent waiting for the Messiah to come, and then the joy that came with His birth. The term Immanuel means “God with us,” and this is what Christmas is all about. Jesus came as God in the flesh to be with us.
God made such an effort to be with us, but what are we doing to be with Him?
In thinking about how will I answer that question, I’ve chosen to participate in Give God 12. I want to also challenge you to participate.
The idea of Give God 12 came from Gregg Johnson, founder of J12. It has been around for a number of years, and it has effectively challenged preteens to spent consistent time with God.
The challenge is to give God 12 minutes every day. That time is to be spent praying, reading/meditating on His word, worshipping, and journaling to connect with God. It’s not about spending exactly 12 minutes doing these things, but it is about being faithful spending time with God
On December 12, 2012, Give God 12 will launch as a global movement.
This will be a date to renew our commitment to spending time with God and connecting with Him. Many of us waiver on our commitment to personal time with God, so 12/12/12 will be a reset to get us back on track.
After hearing the heart of this movement and its simple strategy, I’m encouraging everyone else to consider taking the Give God 12 challenge. If you’re a parent or preteen leader, think about how you can challenge your students to Give God 12!
Check out Give God 12 for tips and resources on how to be involved. Gregg Johnson and Stephen Hibdon will also be posting 12 Days of Christmas videos starting next Wednesday. Be sure to use the hashtag #GiveGod12 to show your support.