Today’s devotional really hit home today. It starts out like this,
Isn’t it humiliating to be told that we must come to Jesus! —Oswald Chambers
Then it goes on to say this,
As long as you have even the least bit of spiritual disrespect, it will always reveal itself in the fact that you are expecting God to tell you to do something very big, and yet all He is telling you to do is to “Come. . . .” . . . something must happen in you before you can come. . . . and you will never get any further until you are willing to do that very thing. . . . Just think of the invincible, unconquerable, and untiring patience of Jesus, who lovingly says, “Come to Me . . . ” –Oswald Chambers
It has occurred to me this morning that COMING to Jesus is an invitation. Invitations usually come with expectations. For example, “Come to our dinner party, or wedding, or birthday party.” Invitations give guidelines, here’s the time, location, dress code, expectations (bring a gift), etc. . . GOING to Jesus is a demand on your part–you are in control. You GO when you want, where you want and dress the way you want, have certain expectations and own agenda for being there. It’s purely SELF-DRIVEN. In a nutshell–You GO on your own terms, you COME on the terms of the One Who invited you.
When it comes to Jesus’ invitation to us, it’s purely this–drop EVERYTHING–come as you are. Your “coming” to Him empty-handed is the gift. 😉 That is the hard part!