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Our mission as The collective UG is to help young people find purpose in God for life on earth. We are keen on young people connecting with God; encountering His Love and goodness, and walking in obedience to Him. This is where purpose is found; in our obedience to God.
It’s one thing to know that God has called you and has a purpose for you, and it’s another to know the specific gifts and skills he has given you to fulfil that purpose.
Back in 2004, while I was studying my A-level at Greenhill Academy, there was friend of mine that was going through a difficult season. A series of events had occurred in her world that brought her into a depression. One night, while my other friend, Josh, and I were praying for a couple of friends from school, her name came up as a person that was in need. And you know the old saying, a friend in need is a friend indeed.
Josh and I knew that we needed to be there for our friend to help her through the season she was in.
The thing that connected Josh and I the most was our enjoyment of music. We often wrote songs together. So the most immediate action that came to my mind, was to write a song for our depressed friend. I imagined to myself, “If I were in her shoes, what is the one thing I would’ve forgotten that a song could help me remember?” And it’s this wondering that led to this chorus.
“I don’t know what makes you cry
I don’t know what makes you smile
I don’t know what’s on your mind
But there is one thing that I know
I know that you’re special.”
I played a round with an old make shift computer at home to record this song and put in on CD. Josh and I both wrote encouraging notes that we attached to the CDbefore we sent it to our friend. Little did I know that by investing in my friend in need, I was writing a song that God would later use to rattle my world and reveal his purpose. Literally four years later, this song became the driving source of momentum for a small band called H.O.P that would later on become The Collective UG.
Even today, “The Collective UG” is still writing songs that encourage young people to know that they are special in God’s eyes and He has a plan and a purpose for them.
In John 15:11-13, Jesus said to his disciples, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Did you catch that? Jesus is challenging us to love one another as he has loved us. To lay down our lives, our interests, our personal gains, our self satisfaction, for the sake of our neighbours. And his promise is that in doing this, His Joy will be in us, and our Joy will be complete.
We know that God loves us. He loves us so much that he paid the ultimate price for us to have communion with Him. The part that we easily miss sometimes, is that God loves our neighbours the exact same way. He died for our neighbours to. So when we love our neighbours, we are loving the people that God loves.
Yes… loving your neighbour means loving those people that you do not agree with. Some of them might have hurt you and done things that really disappointed you. But we all have hurt Jesus and have done things that disappointed him. Nevertheless, he has loved us beyond our failures and He is challenging us to do the same for our neighbours.
It is in the awareness of the people around us and our commitment to serving them that God reveals to us His purpose. So today, take sometime to think about the people in your world. What are their needs. How can you serve them today.
Love is a two way street… and this is how we demonstrate our love to God. By loving our neighbours.
Good and gracious Father
Your love is never-ending
You delight in showing us mercy
Teach is to love one another
Just as you have loved us
Teach us to be quick in forgiveness
In Kindness and in mercy
May we be relevant to our neighbours
And may they know that you God are good
Because of our love
In Jesus name we pray
1 John 4:11-12
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 2:9-11
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.