Many of us know when we need to make changes.
Maybe it’s after that Doctor appointment. Maybe it’s after another fight…one more job loss…when the bills outlast the money.
Changes rarely happen with we’re comfortable. In fact, changes almost never happen when things are going well and we’re ‘safe and secure’ in our own lives.
That could be why I see a couple realities as I look around:
- People generally like where they’re at…and they want to stay there.
- When changes do happen, it’s often only when we ‘have to’ make them.
In those cases, the changes can feel traumatic…forced…difficult.
When it comes to FAITH, however, God is more ‘invitational’ to us.
He invites us to change, and asks us to respond because we ‘want to’.
Think of it this way:
If you’re a parent, you love your children. You want them to obey your rules…because you know what’s best for them. You know how to avoid danger better than they do. You know how to stay healthy more than they do. You know how to maintain relationships more than they do.
When your kids are little, you can ‘compel them’ to obey. In fact, as a parent, there are times you must do so.
However, as they get older, you don’t want to keep doing it that way–rather, you hope that they will realize that you are inviting them to a healthy, safe, relationally-sound lifestyle because you love them and want the best for them!
In the same way, God the Father invites us to move closer to Him…not primarily out of ‘fear’ or mere ‘obedience’ (although, as the God of the Universe, He deserves both). Rather, He invites us to move closer to Him because He created us, He loves us, and He genuinely knows and wants the best for us.
He loves us with a sacrificial love–one that sought to ‘rescue’ us from the dominion of darkness in this world.
In fact, that’s what Christmas is all about!
That’s why the cry of ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel…’ still rings true.
We know we need Him…and the great news is that, He Came!
So…what’s it going to take for you to respond?
Is it going to take a crisis? Is it going to take a setback? Is it going to take an illness?
OR…is it possible for you, instead, to respond to His love through faith in Jesus, the Son–who was sent to ‘Rescue’ us that first Christmas.
He is holding out an invitation to you…will you respond?
I want to invite you to come and hear more about it this weekend at our Christmas Program, “RESCUE!”. Saturday @ 7pm or Sunday @ 9 or 11am.