What Does it Mean to Say 'Yes' to God? (#307)
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SAY ‘YES’ TO GOD?
There is a lesson in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians where he describes what it means to say ‘Yes’ to God. You can read Paul’s words in Ephesians 2.
Saying ‘Yes’ to God means to throw yourself into the arms of Jesus—the only son of God who:
- lived among us for a time,
- gave his life to make us right with God,
- was raised from the dead,
- was seen by hundreds in his new body,
- and returned to the side of his (and your) Father where he is building his church and getting ready to set all things right when he returns.
This is the same Jesus who invites you, right now, to come and join him in his long term project for our world: setting all things right.
When you say ‘Yes’ to God, you invite God to set things right between him and you. This is not a project you undertake. You don’t start following a set of rules. You simply throw yourself on God’s mercy and trust him to fix things in you and for you.
What can you expect if you say ‘Yes’ to God? Here are just a few of the blessings coming your way:
The result of God going to work in you may not be immediately evident. Your life situation might even get worse. But over time, as you faithfully pray about the events and issues in your daily life, you will find serenity unmatched by anything the world can offer.
As you lay out the pieces of your life before him each day, you discover that these regular prayers could be the most important activity in your new life. Prayer becomes a way to get your day aligned with God’s plans for you and for those around you.
As you ponder the mystery and the scope of his love for you and all creation you will develop a hunger to be with other believers and for opportunities to learn more about God’s love as revealed in the Bible.
As you engage in God’s works of compassion in your community, you find significance in what formerly were mundane things and discover that nothing you do in his name is ever wasted.
These are just a few pieces of the abundant life Jesus promised his followers. Why would you want to miss this? Or put it off?
If you are ready to say ‘Yes’ to God, here is a prayer:
Yes God, I want to be set right with you, and I want to be part of Jesus’ plan for our world. I don’t know how this works or where this will lead, but I am ready to give up the old ways of living. Forgive me; I’ve wasted so much time chasing the wrong things. I throw myself on your mercy and ask you to begin setting things right in every part of my life. Amen