“You know how you can pray for me?” asked a non-believer I was talking with, “God save us from your Believers.”
Ouch…I’m sorry. I’m sorry you’ve been hurt by us, sorry our churches caused you to feel on the outside. I’m sorry in our zealousness for you to come to belief you were wounded.
I’ve done it. I’ve been one of those believers you speak about.
When I read my Bible, I notice Jesus never debated with people about who He was. He never threatened eternal damnation. He loved them. He spoke truth in love. He washed feet.
I’m struck by His gentleness and compassion, His unconditional love. Isn’t that what draws people to God?
- His kindness
- His mercy
- His grace
He gently reveals Himself and the truth of who He is. He issues an invitation and the choice to accept is ours.
There is no love without freedom.
There is always choice and freedom with God. In fact, for me, that’s the hardest part. My way or God’s? Too often I pick me over Him. His way offers peace and freedom but like a child, I want what I want.
He offers a buffet, I want the cheap, sugary treat. Sometimes I wish salvation was a takeover. Instead, it’s always a choice, self or God – I struggle. I want to desire God’s way but what I do is decide apart from God and pray for Him to bless the path I choose.
It doesn’t work that way. I can’t have me and my way and God’s.
He never forces – I must yield.
So back to my non-believing friend – don’t trust me – don’t look to flawed people. We’re messed up – look to God. He is faithful and if you seek Him, ask Him to reveal Himself to you, He will.
Jesus isn’t to keep you on the outside – He provides the way in. He came to bridge the vast divide between sinful, messed up people and a God who never left us.
In our biggest mess, He is there. He knows your name and he’s waiting….waiting for you to seek for Him.
He won’t beat you over the head or force His way. He simply waits for you to ask…and if you do, He will answer.