“Helga is here to clean your room.” Yes, those were the first words uttered by JNN’s Bill Cooley as he knocked on our hotel door. I looked out of the window, and immediately I knew that last week was going to be interesting. Last week was North American Youth Congress (I’m going to refer to it as “NAYC” for the sake of time). This is an event hosted by the General Youth Division of the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI).
I did not expect a 20,000 persons congregation to feel as personal as it did. I expected general and generic, but the Presence of God was in that Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. I also did not expect to have so much fun with someone whom I have only conversed with through Facebook Messenger, Skype, FaceTime, etc.
Last week was an experience for me. I had never been to an NAYC. Being raised into Pentecost, I have heard of the UPCI, but we were never part of it. I frequent the UPCI church in town often. My church, however, is Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ (ALJC). Although I am not UPCI, the level of respect I have for every figurehead and authority of the organization is equal to that which I have for my own organization. I love the Apostolic Pentecostal movement and almost every organization in this movement involved in spreading this gospel to the world.
NAYC birthed and revived revelation, passion, determination, and a hunger inside of me for the cause of Jesus Christ. God spoke to me and said, “Do not come down from the rooftops.” I began to think on this, and I go to the book of Matthew for some guidance and understanding on this.
Matthew 10:26-27 New Living Translation (NLT)
26 “But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. 27 What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!”
The world needs us to be who we are called to be. We do not need more generic churches and generic corporate worship. We do not need seeker friendly churches. We need a genuine church with genuine worship that is focused on seeking the lost and not becoming seeker friendly which shows our relevancy to modern culture. We do not need more motivational speeches and feel good messages. We need men and women of God who preach the unadulterated, uninhibited word of God from the housetops and rooftops.
When you get out on the rooftops, you can see the city. You can see all of the others which are on the rooftops with the same mission as you. Our cities need us college-age students to step onto the rooftops and shout the name of Jesus and the Word which He speaks to this generation. We are the key. We are the next generation of Elijahs, Pauls, Peters, James, Lukes, and Marks. If anyone is going to reach this generation, it must begin with us.
The world is confused and lost. They shouted “Here comes Caitlyn.” The world needs some young adults of our generation to step to the rooftops and proclaim, “Here comes Jesus!” We are not relevant. We are not fitting in with modern culture. We are not becoming more like the world. We are followers of Christ, and if we want to follow the Apostles footsteps in turning the world upside down, we must step up onto the rooftops.
The world wants us to accept the way society trends and popular culture. The world wants to keep us inside the house glued to our televisions, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. There are many excuses to not step onto the rooftops, but we cannot turn the world upside down unless we become unglued to these things and realize that we are not called to stay inside of the walls. We are called to come up. We are called to stay away from the pornography and filth which penetrates our society.
Do not come down from the rooftops when they say Jesus is irrelevant. Do not come down from the rooftops when they are begging you to come drink with them. Do not come down when they are saying just one party is okay. Do not come down when they say, “It’s normal to sow some wild oats.”You reap what you sow. It may be normal, but we are called to the extraordinary. To reach the extraordinary we must be willing to give up the ordinary. Just because you are in college does not mean sow wild oats, drink, party, and live however, because you have time to get right.
Step onto our rooftops and say, “I do not know what tomorrow holds. I do not know what is going to happen to me. I do not know when Jesus is coming back, but I know He is. I know my salvation and calling are more important than anything that could be inside of the world. So, I step up onto the rooftop and shout the name of Jesus!”
The last thing the world needs is another ordinary teenager or college student. The world needs more extraordinary teenagers and college students who are called, separated, holy, and laborers in the field. Play sports and enjoy these years, but that does not mean you have to sacrifice holiness and your calling.
Growing up I have heard hundreds of thousands of sermons. I was raised Apostolic Pentecostal. The doctrine of the Apostles has been told to me and studied out numerous times by me. There was a time I wanted to get out and do my thing. I know what it’s like to want to be like everyone else and live like your friends at school who drink, smoke weed, and party. I never done any of that because I had parents that did not allow me to put myself into those situations. At the time of all of these things I thought, “This is stupid. I will never be popular. I will never know the latest happenings in the school.” However, now I look back and thank God, because that could have ruined my ministry. And while everyone else was getting high, drunk, and laid… I was in church. Sometimes I did not want to be there. However, one night, all of the desires to be like the world faded, because I was taken to church. It was on that night that I began the journey to find my ministry. I sit here four years later, and God is still dealing with me on my ministry and where I’m headed, but let me tell you… I would never trade anything in this world for the calling that I feel and the anointing. Partying, drinking, and getting high are fun. Sowing your wild oats may be fun, but there will be a day of reaping those oats.
You are called to come out from the world and be separate. You are called to be holy as He is holy. You are called to the rooftops when everyone else is on the streets or in the house. I leave you with this scripture.
Luke 17:31-33 New Living Translation (NLT)
31 On that day a person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. A person out in the field must not return home. 32 Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! 33 If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.