Christ says “yes” to us every day. How can we say “yes” in return?
We’ve been working our way through 2 Corinthians in the daily office, and last week we came to this passage:
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. –2 Corinthians 1:19-22
Think about it. How often is our response to Jesus both “yes” and “no?” We are ambivalent, indecisive, embarrassed about him. We don’t want to share the Gospel, we don’t think Jesus is really good news. And yet Jesus is not ambivalent about us. He is always the “yes” answer to a question we didn’t even know we were asking. He is all encouragement to us, he wants only good for us. It follows then, that any “yes” we give in response to an his invitation is a small step towards him, that sets him up to step closer to us, to invite us closer….and on and on. A cycle of greater intimacy with him.
Are you able to say a full YES to Jesus wherever you are in your spiritual life right now? Consider these four places you may need to say “yes” to him in:
Saying “yes” from far away. If you’re not actually on a first name basis with Jesus, why not try getting better acquainted? Today, say “Jesus, I’d like to give you a shot at showing me why so many people think you’re a big deal. However you want to do that, however you want to show me, YES, do it.”
Saying “yes” in an uncomfortable place. Maybe Jesus wants you to try something that you’re afraid of. Maybe it’s inviting someone to church. Maybe it’s praying in person for that friend you always say “I’ll pray for you” to. Stretching spiritually is something Jesus often calls us to. Don’t equivocate. Say “yes” to the the thing he’s asking you to do. (And if you need to negotiate with him on it, that’s just fine!)
Saying “yes” in the stuck place. Sometimes we find ourselves in a dry place, a stuck place or in front of a wall. Jesus is not unaware of this. We can yell or rage at him about it, or we can (more likely) ignore him in it. But what he wants is for us to say “Lord, I don’t know why I’m here, and I don’t like it. But today I’m saying ‘yes’ to being in this stuck place and I’m waiting for you to show me how to get out of it.”‘
Saying “yes” to a new thing. Sometimes things come to a place of completion for us spiritually. We try and hang on to what has passed. It may be time for you to listen to God and ask “Lord, what is the new thing you are calling me to? What is the new thing I need to say “yes” to?”