- 08 Nov
As you examine the last year, could it be that your focus has been on the wrong things. Your priorities have gotten a little off course and as a result you find yourself dreading the drudgery of every day life? So much of Christian life is listed by people as duty. I have to do this, I should do that, I must do the next thing. Jesus doesn’t call us to a life of ‘Have too’s’. He is already working all around us and He invites us along. We are invited to participate in Gods masterplan for the earth and all who dwell upon her. We are not forced, coerced or obligated. Rather we are invited to participate in this wonderous life of what God is already doing. Kingdom life is not something we have to do out of some sense of religious duty, it is what we get to do!
Jesus says to you, “Behold, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If your heart is open to hear my voice and you open the door within, I will come in to you and feast with you, and you will feast with me.” (Rev 3:20 TPT) This passage can be translated, “I have been standing at the door, knocking.” Jesus has been, is and always will be knocking on the door of your heart.
When we open the door to our hearts and say yes to Jesus, He has so much more for us. We get to participate in this divine invitation. Paul puts it this way, “In light of all this, here's what I want you to do. While I'm locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk--better yet, run!--on the road God called you to travel. I don't want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don't want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere.” (Eph 4:1 MSG)
There are two Greek words Paul uses here, parakaleō & klesis, they are strong words of invitation. They mean to call near, invite, invoke, implore, exhort and call for. Jesus is calling you near, inviting you, invoking you, imploring you, exhorting and calling you for kingdom life. When we say yes to Jesus, “the things of this earth become strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace” We enter a life filled with purpose, excitement and a mission that is way bigger than anything we could ever dream up for ourselves.
Do you wake up every morning looking at the day ahead wondering what it is all about? If you say yes to Jesus, He will inject His life into you and while you will still be a butcher, a baker or a candlestick maker, you will have a very different outlook and purpose to your day. When you say ‘Yes’ to Jesus, each moment has the potential of kingdom breakthrough, each moment has potential for a kingdom encounter, each moment could make a difference to someone’s eternity.
Have you said ‘Yes’ to Jesus lately? You only have one life to live and the reality is that you don’t know if your next moment will be your last. Let me ask you, “How will your next moment impact eternity?”