Will You Allow Jesus to Minister to You?
I find that so much of church teaching (of which I can be part of the problem) easily drifts toward what we can “do” for Jesus. We make declarations about how we are going to live “for” Jesus. That’s all well and good if it flows from a position of being “in” Christ. It has to start there. It also has to be sustained there. And if we miss that, things go array. Before we think about ministering to other people we have to open ourselves up to being ministered to by Jesus.
We have to stop.
We have to sit at Jesus’ feet.
We have to listen.
And this is difficult.
But so needed.
Today I concluded both the sermon and the Unleashed series by reading the following scriptures over the congregation in hopes that they might know, really know, how loved they are in Christ.
May it encourage you. May you sit at the feet of Jesus and allow Him to minister to you.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
the LORD appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
(2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.
(1 John 3:1)
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.