An Invitation to ComeBro. David Chancellor
1/23/2011 11:00 AM
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
We’re thankful for that invitation. We come to Christ because he has something to teach us – how to be meek and lowly of heart. You’re going in some direction: to God or away from him. You aren’t just existing. A life without Christ is a hard, labor-filled life. Too many people dive in without reading the directions. They try to blaze their own trail and get frustrated. When we come to Jesus, he has the answer. He can give rest and work out what seems impossible in ways we could never imagine. Following Jesus is the easy way. "For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Come to Jesus.
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
The answer is in the scripture. They testify of Christ. These were studying the scripture, but for other things and they missed out on Christ. If we don’t come to Jesus, we’ll also miss out.
Jesus came so we could have abundant life. We can have life and enjoy serving God. God can lead us step-by-step. If we don’t come to him, we can’t enjoy the life he has for us.
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
Some won’t come, but worse are those who come and then turn back. Jesus told these that their heritage wasn’t enough; they needed to come and partake of him. Peter’s answer was good: "…Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life." They had already tried the other way. Why leave the one thing that matters?
Life is a journey. You’re going somewhere. The current of the world is about you. If you aren’t coming to Jesus, you’re going the other way. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Come daily to him and learn of him. Daily help from him is needed. Invest yourself in following Christ. Build your life around him.
Fifty-percent of marriages don’t make it. Love has to grow for marriage to last. You still have to spend time together and work at staying close. Too many people’s walk with God is the same way. Take time for God. We can’t afford to lose our love for God. It must grow and increase. Draw close to Christ.
What direction are you going? We want to be with those who are drawing closer to God. Have Jesus continually around you so that his influence is strongest in your life.
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
There’s a spirit that works to cause people to seek the things of this world. God can give you grace to have victory over the things of this life. We need God’s grace or we won’t be able to stand when the devil works on us. Submit yourself to God. The devil can’t win if we let God work in us.
Your relationship is what you want it to be. If you want to be close to God, draw close to him. Pursue that relationship. Our closeness to God is what we pursue. Work at drawing nigh. The prodigal son took his stuff and went the wrong direction. When he realized it, he headed back to his father and his father ran to meet him.
Our relationship with God is what we make it. We have to move toward God to be close to him. Turn your eyes on God and settle it to come toward him. Want to come to God and draw close to him. Be a friend of God. Consider which way you’re going.