12/12/21 – Come As You Are Party – No Costumes Allowed!

Scripture

Matthew 11:28-30 – Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  

John 1:12 – But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Isaiah 55:1-13 – Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Revelation 22:17 “The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” and let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.”

Welcome sisters and brothers in Christ! It has been a few weeks but I have been down with COVID. It was not fun but, more importantly, it was not fatal. Praise the Lord! I am recovering nicely and glad to be back to my usual activities. I pray this blog finds you all well and enjoying the gift of the season in your fellowship with Christ. Since this is the party season of the year, I have decided to talk about coming to Jesus. If this blog touches your spiritual core, feel free to share it with friends and family for whom you continually pray. Now is the time to bow down and worship, now is the time to present ourselves at the foot of the cross, now is the day of our salvation. Amen!

Let’s pray! Heavenly Father, Gracious God, we come before Your throne in surrender, asking Your will and Your salvation in our lives. The signs of our times attest to the Bible prophesy that Jesus is returning soon. It is through Your power and purpose that we are saved in Your kingdom and this is our hearts desire. Yet we find ourselves falling into sin again and again, coming before You in repentance daily. In Your mercy and love, cover us with the Robe of Christ’s righteousness. And at last, through Your Spirit, help us come to You and go out in Your name. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

It is ingrained in our minds to always be prepared – be prepared for guests, our boss, our teacher, our family, our friends, those in whom we come into contact. We are convinced we must put our best foot forward – no one can know the real me lest they reject me. We rarely let our social armor fall away. We find ourselves rushing around like a crazy person at the last minute notices, we postpone to give ourselves time, we cancel rather then drop the pretense. I think all of us can find ourselves in this description of life as we live it. So, it’s no wonder that many struggle coming to Jesus. I have know several who have said: as soon as I get this under control… I’ll try again tomorrow… I have tried to get my life right… Jesus doesn’t want a mess like me…

Dallas Willard, in his book, The Great Omission, wrote: “The disciple of Jesus is not the deluxe or heavy duty model of a Christian, especially padded, textured, streamlined, and empowered for the fast lane on the straight and narrow way. A disciple stands on the pages of the new testament as the first level of basic transportation in the kingdom of God.” God calls us just as we are, with all our flaws, all our baggage, all our misconceptions – JUST AS WE ARE! He is inviting us to the party of all parties, the celebration of eternity and He provides the changes, the wholesome characteristics, the right conceptions and understandings – He provides it all. He calls us to come and He will give us rest from all our burdens, burdens of trying to perfect, burdens of thinking we can put sin aside, thinking we can hide who we are, sinners. He counsels us to put aside our worldly costumes, the masks we wear, and He will clothe us in the Robe of Christ’s righteousness.

In his same book, Dallas Willard also wrote: “A disciple is a learner, a student, an apprentice – a practitioner… Disciples of Jesus are people who do not just profess certain views as their own but apply their growing understanding of life in the Kingdom of the Heavens to every aspect of their life on earth” First God calls us to come to Him and once we have found our way – putting aside all our self made armor, and truly come in humble submission – He bids us, in the power of the Spirit, to go forth! Go forth sharing what we have experienced in our walk with Jesus, share how we found our way to the foot of the cross, introducing our forever Friend, Jesus. He calls us to go forth letting the Holy Spirit work through us, pour out of us, convicting souls of their great need to shed all earthly pretense, to come to Jesus and share in the universal celebration about to take place soon. Jesus is coming soon and there is no time like the present to come and go for the Lord.

When I am invited to dinner I typically ask what I can bring, but when God invites us, He tells us to bring nothing but ourselves. Then, being so gracious, He tells us to go out and invite our family, friends, and people we meet. God has called, He has sent you an invitation – have you heard? If you have than Revelation 22:17 is speaking to you, to me: “and let the one who hears, say come!” This is the Gospel Commission – share the great news – Jesus saves us and sets us free from our earthly burdens and pretenses. Amen!

Until next blog, my you, by the grace of God, swing your door open wide, mess and all, and invite Jesus in to dwell with you and yours! Revelation 3:20

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