“Not Ready for That”

“I am not ready for that.”

I have heard these words about following God/Jesus.

I respect that.  I appreciate honesty.  God knows we could use more honest people in this world.

However, I want to point out some things about “being ready for that”.

1.  Jesus loves you right where you are.–You do not need to be “ready for him”.  He is not your prom date and he is not taking you out for dinner.  Jesus loves you right here, right now, in the moment.

2. You are loved anyway.–Jesus loves you anyway.  Whether you have known him personally your entire life OR you just met him OR you never have really known him; he loves you anyway.  He loves you when you are in church.  He loves you when you wander far from him and have not spoke to him in quite some time.  He even loves you when you use him name in vain (although he does not like it!).

3.  Accept him.–Life is short.  We never know when we will take our last breath.   I am not speaking of Turn Or Burn Theology here.  I am speaking of reality.  Why wait?  Why wait for the right moment to begin with Jesus?  Folks, there is no right moment to wait for because Jesus is already walking right beside you.

It is easy to wait to begin a relationship with Jesus. ” Hey, let me indulge in this (name a struggle of yours) a few more times.  Then I will be ready, Lord.”  We just want to “have fun”.  The core issue is a lot of the things that hold us down from being free are the things that distract us from reality.    We then trudge though life–aimlessly–and gain no authentic satisfaction.   Jesus will give you a peace that is OUT OF THIS WORLD because his Kingdom is bigger than our daily worries.  When we are living in Jesus and in Kingdom living–it will transform how we spend time, energy, money, work, worries, etc.

Are you ready, friends?

How We View God

Our viewpoints shape how we go about the day.

Call them world views.  Label them as “the lens we see the world through”.

What we believe about the world…..it shapes how we view God.

Allow me to give you some examples:

You have been hurt by others.  Whether this is abuse, a broken heart, or some painful words–we sometimes make agreements with what we have encountered and we chalk it up as “just suck it up and deal”.  The problem with this is we do not address the problem.  The problem lingers and Satan moves in.

1 Peter 5:8 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”. 

A roaring lion?  Enemy?  What sticks out here is we need to be alert and of sober mind.  So we must be careful and filter what other people say to us.  Is this true and is this true of how God views me?

Your view of love is distorted.  Being hurt by others can mess up our view of God; however, a bigger issue on how we view God is our view on love.  Many movies and books are made that sell distorted views of love.   Maybe you have been sold the idea that our relationships should consist of no arguments and no disagreements because this is “unholy”.  Quite the opposite.  God wants us to address the things in our hearts that bother us.  On the flip side, you may have been taught that your relationship(s) are supposed to be full of turmoil often.  In life, we will all have disagreements but turmoil all the time is not healthy.  Know this–abuse of ANY kind is not acceptable.  If you are being abused, seek help.  And if you are abused, that too will distort your view of God and His love.

Romans 8:39–Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing can separate us from God’s love.  No person.  No situation.  NOTHING!
We must develop a healthy approach to how we view LIFE: events, situations, life changes, people.

What does healthy look like?

Healthy is making Jesus/God/Holy Spirit—our top priority. Our worldviews and how we approach life will align with God.  We will view our relationships in a different light.

We will no longer view life as “what can we get out of it”.  Instead, we will view life as “what can we contribute to better ourselves and society”.