Thursday, June 29, 2017

"Do Nothing, Just Come"

Matt. 11:28 is a familiar passage of scripture. The invitation from Jesus is simply, “come to me”. How difficult that is for “sophisticated” human beings! Admitting that we are helpless to change our situation, or that we don’t have answers for our own lives is something that we just don’t do. We will exhaust every ounce of self-professed ingenuity and creativity that we can muster-- even to the point of complete despair & utter depression. And all the while, Jesus stands, ready to welcome our emptiness. He is attracted to our helplessness and inability to “handle it”! And He continues to wait for us to “run out” of self and run to Him. This is such a simple declaration, and yet so difficult for us to do at times. I love the way the Message translation expresses this passage…”Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Remember this, you can more quickly and freely come to Jesus the emptier you are! Come unto me…His invitation can’t be distorted or distracted by externals, even “fact”, human counsel, and opinions. We have to hear HIS voice, and remain restfully fixed on that. We can’t interpret His “come” by anything going on around us, no matter how factual, “actual”, or loud it is. His invitation is greater than any outside voice. Any human “interpretation” must be void of personal opinion, perspective, or preference. Scriptural interpretation will only provide confirmation and agreement with HIS interpretation and invitation.

Matthew 14:28-33"And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

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