By Josh Kerby
We are all on a journey. We are all moving forward in life, but what are we moving toward? What is our quest? Let’s start by looking at Journey Quest. First, what does Journey Quest mean? Why did we name a wilderness ministry Journey Quest? If we take a look at our mission statement, we start to see the purpose behind the name.
Mission Statement – “To provide Christ-centered wilderness journeys, challenging young and old alike to pursue the ultimate quest: a lifelong relationship with Christ.”
At Journey Quest, we believe the ultimate quest is a lifelong relationship with Christ. Life works best when we make Christ the center of our lives. He is our joy, strength, comfort, peace, love, our everything! This quest of surrendering ourselves to Christ to build that lifelong relationship with Him takes a lot of work and some difficult moments.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
Later, in Matthew 22:37, Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is, to which He responds, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Jesus is asking us to make Him the center of our lives. Jesus is telling us that to love Him with everything we have should be the most important thing in our lives. So how does Journey Quest live this out and help others live it out? That can be found by taking a look at our vision statement.
Vision Statement – “Journey Quest is dedicated to fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20). We use challenging activities, teachable moments, and purposeful relationships as tools to point each person to Christ, relying on the power of the Gospel to transform lives.”
If we believe that loving Jesus is the most important thing in life, wouldn’t we want to tell people about it? I think this is step one in helping others find the lifelong relationship with Christ. We have the opportunity to share what this relationship looks like while taking people down the river or into the mountains. While on the river or in the mountains, we use challenging activities that often push people out of their comfort zone. We seem to feel helpless or vulnerable when we find ourselves out of our comfort zone. Using these moments, we can teach them what it looks like to put our strength in Christ and ask for His comfort. We can show them what it looks like having a lifelong relationship with Christ.
The Ultimate Quest is a Lifelong Relationship With Christ
Every day we are faced with these challenging activities. We end up out of our comfort zone, and we find ourselves confronted with difficult times. Each day we have a decision, to seek Jesus and His strength or our strength. To rely on the strength of the one who rose from the dead or the strength of ourselves. Each day we have the opportunity to pursue the ultimate quest. We are all on a journey, but will you pursue the ultimate quest?
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