Monday, December 31, 2012

An Invitation

This is the scripture I have been hearing and I believe it is a scripture that I am to focus on as I move into the New Year. 

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, 
and you will find rest for your souls.   
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." 
Matthew 11:28-30 

The first thing that is hi-lighted to me about this passage is the word “Come”.  
This passage starts with an invitation. In fact, Jesus is an invitational God. 
Repeatedly throughout scripture, He invites us with this most simple offer—"Come." 
This is the starting point, but how often do we scurry here and there looking and striving rather than “coming”?  There is an action involved, but it’s not what our initial response usually is. Oh, we get busy alright, but again doing what?  
The action we need is to “Come”—to just accept the invitation.

I remember some years back, I was involved in ministering to a friend involved in sin.  Everyone else had turned their backs on this friend.  Sometimes, I wondered if I was doing the right thing by being there—was I condoning the sin?  But every time I would go to God about it, I always saw Jesus with the woman at the well.  Here she was, an adulterous woman, and yet He stood offering Himself to her—offering her Living Water that never ran dry—there He stood with an invitation and the only condition was that she “Come.”
Today, let’s “Come”. Let’s stop our scurrying, our hurrying, our bustling, our striving, our looking in all the wrong places, and let’s just simply “Come”. 

Today let’s accept the invitation.  Today, let’s move in His direction.
  His hand is extended and He is offering—
“Won’t you come?” 

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