I think that many times, we come to Jesus without resolving that 'thing' that must happen in us before we come to Christ.
My day started way off rhythm…
Cup of coffee, water the grass, workout, hunt for a stupid water bottle with an envelope in it (don’t ask!), spoke with my mother, took the kids to school, showered and dressed, contacted home-care personnel to inquire about the stupid water bottle with the envelope in it (I mean it – don’t ask!) — these are all the things I did this morning before having my Quiet Time, what I apparently deemed more important to do later than first.
Then to make matters worse, my devotional article was from Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost for His Highest”, the one for today (divine sense of ‘humor’ here…or is it ‘humbling’), entitled, “The Exclusivity of Christ” featured Jesus’ words, “Come unto Me” from Matthew 11:28. He began with the question, “Is it not humiliating to be told that we must come to Jesus!” He went on to mention our tendency toward “spiritual impertinence” in our expectation for God to disclose “big things” when what he really tells us is to “come”.
Then he lowers the boom with the following:
“Come unto Me”. When you hear those words you will know that something must happen in you before you will come.
That got me. I think that many times, we…I mean “I”…come to Jesus without resolving that ‘thing’ that must happen in me before I come. This means I can physically come to Jesus for devotional and yet still not really “be there” with Him. I believe this is one of those elements that also gives me permission to pursue other things on the way to pursuing to Him.
What follows is my journal response to this article in light of my off-rhythm start:
“How grossly impertinent, rude, arrogant, self-willed! He bids me come and I do everything else but that…intent to ‘constrain’ God to my schedule rather than submit to His. It is only in my coming to Him that I then am able to go with Him in His power and strength. How I treat Him early, sets the tone for the rest of the day if I truly believe that each day belongs to Him.”