“Come to Jesus” are powerful words. But often they’re powerfully negative. Do you know the expression “come to Jesus meeting”? When someone is way off track and needs to be straightened out, a supervisor or colleague will often say that they need to have a “come to Jesus meeting.” Presumably the idea is that the peron who is “in the wrong” will be forced to admit the error of their ways and turn to the right again.
Of course coming to Jesus doesn’t really work that way – at least not in the 21st century. Whe faced with the error of our ways, we prefer to make excuses and justify our actions… Even we pastors do this! Yesterday’s entry in Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest, a daily devotional book, spoke of coming to Jesus (read the October 8 entry here). Here’s part of what Mr. Chambers wrote:
Isn’t it humiliating to be told that we must come to Jesus! Think of the things about which we will not come to Jesus Christ. If you want to know how real you are, test yourself by these words— “Come to Me . . . .”
He goes on to speak of the need for the Holy Spirit to uproot in us the things that keep us from coming to Jesus.
I’ve been feeling the pressure of a number of things in my life – the pressure of what I must do for them to work out OK. But the good news of the gospel is that God doesn’t depend on my efforts or my strength to accomplish His will. God will use me if I am willing to come to Jesus first. Otherwise, I am likely to get in the way.
Lord, help me to come to you. Help me to bring all areas of my life and work into your presence to be transformed. Help me to accept your offer of embrace, laying down the things I have filled my arms with so that I can hug you back.