By: Tim Sader
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
Last week we learned about how we can be courageous when our hope and trust is in the Lord. Our song was You Make Me Brave by Amanda Cook and Bethel Music. It seems sometimes like the Lord will never return for His people and that it takes too long to receive anything He has promised. He is patient because He wants no one to perish and all to come to Him. In all things He knows best but if we never come to Him we may never understand what that looks like for us. Our song of praise today will be Jesus I Come by Elevation Worship. The link to the song is https://youtu.be/XTKpM1KSPVI or search for the song and artist on YouTube. We need the grace of God more than words can say. In our weakness He is our Confidence. Jesus I Come, we come to Him. We will rise and stand redeemed as heaven opens over us. To His name eternally endless glory we will bring. Many times people feel like they cannot come to the Lord while their lives are still messed up but this isn’t what Christ tells us. It is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick. He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Mark 2:17). If He came to call sinners, He expects us to come to Him messed up. There is nothing we can hide from the Lord so we might as well come to Him honesty. He wants us to come when we are weary and burdened so we can enter into His rest (Matthew 11:28). Later He will give us a lighter load to carry that we can manage with His help. When we say Jesus I Come, we need only to come as we are trusting that He will build us into who we were meant to be.
When Jesus saw some of the soon to be disciples fishing He told them to follow Him and they would become fishers of men. It says that immediately they dropped their nets and followed Him (Matthew 4:19-20). Notice they didn’t run off to take a bath even though they reeked of fish and sweat. They followed Him in the condition that they were in when He first called them. Later when children were approaching Jesus they tried sending them away. But Jesus said let them come to me, do not hinder them because the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these. If we will not receive the kingdom of God like a child we may never enter it (Mark 10:14-15). We must receive the kingdom like a child believes in whatever they have been told is true. A child doesn’t believe in Santa after they fix everything first; they believe then they improve so they get better gifts. All we must do is come to Jesus and believe that He is the Son of God and able to forgive our sins. A man asks Jesus how do you receive eternal life? Jesus tells him that he lacks one thing and says, go sell everything and give to the poor then come follow me (Mark 10:21). This man was rich and had many possessions so the thought of giving it all up made him sad. The disciples who had nothing holding them back immediately followed Christ; it was not so easy for the rich man. When we decide Jesus I Come; He wants us to drop the net and whatever else would keep us from following Him. Even knowing the scriptures or being a biblical scholar cannot give us eternal life. Only coming to Jesus will give us the life we always wanted (John 5:39-40). At a festival Jesus stands and says let the thirsty come drink of me and whoever believes will have rivers of water flowing from them (John 7:37-38). As we come to the living Stone rejected by humans but chosen by God as precious we are built into a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:4-5). Jesus I Come to be a holy priesthood offering sacrifices to God through You.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16