For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. – 2 Corinthians 1:20
This is a busy week. Among everything that’s happening (including some construction at the house, three important articles I’m in the middle of writing, follow-up from Sunday’s ER Adventure, everything going on at church, and more…) I am also preparing to speak at a men’s event in South Carolina Sunday evening.
So a moment ago, moving stuff around on the surface of my desk while looking for something buried but important, I found the back of an envelope with the following notes I had jotted down after my morning walk a couple of days ago. I think I may use it in Greenville.
- In a world where we love to sanction and judge – Jesus is God’s unequivocal YES!
- In a world where we so readily shut the door to the kingdom in the faces of those who are seeking – Jesus is the gate, the way, the invitation.
- As men in ministry, we are called not just to claim the promise but to be God’s promise, God’s invitation, God’s affirmation, God’s resounding enthusiastic YES!
- Yes to life
- Yes to hope
- Yes to relationship
- Yes to promise
- Yes to grace
- Yes to freedom
- Yes to meaning
- Yes to resurrection
- Yes to reaffirmation
- Yes to restoration
- Yes to radical love
- Yes to redemption
- Yes to reconciliation…
Life can be challenging and difficult, and people – God bless ’em – are often not the easiest to deal with. But the consistent word from Jesus – and he said this to a people who were defeated, occupied by Rome, often on the edge of starvation, and oppressed not only by Caesar but also their own religious leaders – was always an invitation to wholeness, the belief that life is good and abundant, and an encouraging message of affirmation.
Jesus believes in us and stands not just at the gate but as the gate, the door, the way in. This invitation is for absolutely every human being because we are all made in the image of God and have the status of family.
“Family.” Now that is an invitation worth accepting – DEREK