5 NOVEMBER 2017

YES, LORD, YES

 

Have you ever been asked, by a friend, to do some particular task? Maybe your church nominating committee asked you to hold a certain position within the church…what did you say? Did you immediately respond yes and then later regret agreeing to it? Maybe it wasn’t so much the task or any doubts about your ability to do it, but rather a sense of not having enough time to do everything you’re asked to do. Are you a poor time manager? Are you a procrastinator? Do you put off doing important tasks just because you know they may take more effort or time? Have you ever put off a task for so long that now it seems too late to bother, even though you know it needs doing, that it really should be done? Maybe you start a job or a craft project, only to get part way through, decide it was going too slowly, taking too long to see the results, so you then put it aside for another day that never arrives? In our home we talk a lot about these times as “round to its”, of which we never have enough! We laugh because we never seem to get ‘around to it’, that is, we don’t get around to the tasks required of us. Recently, I was reading an inspirational post by somebody who suggested that, if you have tasks that you just hate doing, those are the ones to put first on your TO DO list for that day. Get the unpleasant things out of the way first, and then the rest will seem like child’s play! But the best advice I’ve read came from the Bible: “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men,” (Colossians 3:23 HCSB). So it’s not just about getting it done; it’s about getting it done because we, as Christians, try to obey the Father with the joy of knowing we represent Him to the world as we take on any task. The wisest man wrote: “So this is the end of the matter; all has been heard. Worship God and keep God’s commandments because this is what everyone must do.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13 CEB).

 
When the Children of Israel were at Mt. Sinai, and Moses shared with them the expectations of the Lord, that they were to be different than the Egyptians whom they had left behind and from the tribes they would meet up with in the promised land, “All the people spoke at the same time and said, “We will obey everything the Lord says.” Then Moses went back up the mountain and told the Lord that the people would obey him.” (Exodus 19:8 ERV). This was before He had given them the Law engraved in stone. But some time between that pronouncement of obedience and receiving the Law, they failed and were disobedient, reverting to idol worship like the Egyptians. They continued in this up and down relationship with the Father despite miracles and blessings witnessed over the generations! This is not what we want for our Christian walk. There will come a time of reckoning, when Jesus returns, where each of us, individually, will be asked what we did for the Lord. The disobedient, whether they are unbelievers or lukewarm and uncommitted to the Christian way of life, will be filled with remorse when they see Him coming in the clouds. Then they will say, like the foolish spoken of in the book of Proverbs: “I ignored what my teachers said, I didn’t listen to my instructors. I took part in almost every kind of evil, and the whole community knew it.” (Proverbs 5:12-14 MSG). But those who continue to grow in Christ, who strive to strengthen the bond between them and the Lord, won’t have those concerns; when walking in truth, the heart is at peace. “Let Christ’s teaching live in your hearts, making you rich in the true wisdom. Teach and help one another along the right road with your psalms and hymns and Christian songs, singing God’s praises with joyful hearts. And whatever you may have to do, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, thanking God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17 PHILLIPS).

 
My heart song is another I’ve heard on the radio and although the artist singing it is not the one I previously heard, the message is strong just the same…I will say yes to whatever the Lord asks of me!

 
“Lord, I give you all the glory
For all You’ve given me
You have filled my life until I overflow
All I have is yours to use
In an anyway You choose
You are Lord of all, so how can I say no?

 
CHORUS:
I’ll say yes, Lord, yes
To your will and to your way
I’ll say yes, Lord, yes
I will trust you and obey
When your Spirit speaks to me
With my whole heart I’ll agree
And my answer will be yes, Lord, yes

 

If I never knew the fullness
of living in your will
I would never know how rich my life would be
Lord, my willingness to serve is the last that you deserve
for the blessings you have showered over me.”

 
“Here is a last piece of advice. If you believe in goodness and if you value the approval of God, fix your minds on the things which are holy and right and pure and beautiful and good. Model your conduct on what you have learned from me, on what I have told you and shown you, and you will find the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9 PHILLIPS). Have a blessed day!