When the mystery of Christ is finally revealed and new brothers and sisters become children of God that is a beautiful affair to witness. Have you ever heard angels rejoice? Even though I couldn’t hear the angels rejoicing but I know they were very loud Saturday night.
Let me back up to a few weeks ago when I first heard about the youth group we were going to minister to at Skyview Ranch. I was told that the youth group had been encouraged to invite their unsaved friends to come on retreat. Right away I started praying for the teens that were going to be at the retreat. I knew that God was going to bring unbelievers and I started praying for their salvation. So we got to camp and set up our equipment and waited for the students to arrive. I was starting to get really excited because I knew that God was going to do something huge only God can do.
When the students arrived we had our first session and then I got to meet the girls in my cabin. As I got to know them I found out they were saved, but I was excited to see how God was going to work in their hearts. On Saturday I stayed with my cabin the whole day. We got to play tons of carpet ball and experience high ropes and then to end paint ball. We had a blast and as the day progressed I got more and more excited for the evening session. I knew that the speaker was going to present the gospel and I was ready to see God show his glory.
As we prepared for the evening session, we finished our sound check and we started praying for the students. I knew that there were at least 50 guests at retreat who might not be saved and we asked God to open their eyes to the salvation being held out to them by Christ. So the session started and the speaker presented the gospel by telling the story of Calvary in detail. Even as a believer, hearing what happened to Christ brought me to tears. He suffered so greatly for a crime he did not commit. Then hearing that after everything Jesus endured, that He loves us, how could you not want to follow the One who gave up His life for you? Remember now the many unsaved students that were in attendance. After the speaker finished telling the story of Christ he asked the students to accept Christ and then he asked them to stand. As I watched person after person stand I could do nothing but cry. Right in front of my eyes God had answered my prayer. Many students came to Christ that night and many others were reminded what it means to live for Christ. It was amazing to witness that mini revival. God proved faithful and saved the lost.
After all we could do was praise God. The youth pastor asked the students who had been changed by God that night to come to the front to sing and the entirety of the group stood up and came to the front. The following worship time consisted of the loudest singing I have ever heard from a group of students. It was beautiful.
Like I said earlier the angels were rejoicing because as it says in Luke 15:10, “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” There was much rejoicing for the new believers. Be encouraged, God is faithful.