Are You Coming or Going?
Depending on how it’s said, these two words can strike dread or relief in the heart of the hearer.
We can probably all recall a parent, teacher or coach barking a command to “come here”. That kind of “come here” was never a good sign. It meant possible punishment, and minimally, a lengthy lecture.
But maybe we also have memories of a parent, family member or friend beckoning us to “come here” with outstretched arms poised for a big hug. Hearing “come here” in that context meant comfort, acceptance and love.
Being told to “come here” can be a good thing or bad thing, depending on why it’s said.
Did you know that Jesus told us to “come here”?
The sad thing is, too many people think God’s summons to “come here” means they’re about to receive a heavenly spanking. To them, the invitation seems about as appealing as getting a colonoscopy. Maybe you’re one of those people who paint God’s request for you to “come” with a negative brush. Maybe you tend to view God as never quite satisfied with you, always on the watch for one wrong word, deed or thought. And so, understandably, you remain distant from God.
But what if Christ’s invitation to “come here” is meant to heal you? What if it’s meant to give you relief? Wisdom? Insight and Direction? What if it’s meant to save you from heartache? From confusion? From sin? What if His request for you to “come” is meant for your good?
My one word focus for 2013 is “Come”. It might seem like a weird word to choose unless you understand its context:
“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
I’m a “go-er” by nature. I can go-go-go with the best of them. But sometimes being a go-er and doer can leave me weary. It can make me feel burdened or stressed. When I feel tired, overwhelmed and burdened I know one thing is true—I need to focus more on “coming” than on “going”.
Maybe, just maybe, you do, too.
So perhaps you, like me, need to accept Christ’s open arm invitation.
More than a Bible teacher, Donna is a self-described Bible explainer. A colorful storyteller who combines Biblical truth with real-life anecdotes, her messages not only help listeners understand God’s Word, but most important, grasp how to live it out in real life.