Just Say No

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

If you feel burdened by the weight of a heavy schedule, and feel like you have” NO” time to refresh your spiritual batteries, come sit at the feet of the Lord. Hear the life-giving Word.

“A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today. ‘ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went.  The father went to the second son and said the same; and he answered,’ I go sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father? They said ,”the first.” (Matthew 21:28-31) The answer they gave was correct.

Jesus knew that until you say “NO” to some things, you cannot fully say “YES” to God.

God desires for each of us to have margins in our life. “Ah, you who add house to house and field to field, until there is room for no one but you, and you are left to live alone in the land! “ (Isaiah 5:8) Any good city planner knows you cannot build a development with only houses squeezed together, you need schools, roads, business areas, and open spaces. Farmers know that it does not work to plant fence row to fence row. The prophet Isaiah is giving us a metaphor for a full life.

Are you running to and fro and in need of rest? I hear many say they are somehow hanging out with God in the world, but I often wonder as I look into their haggard eyes if they have taken any time to sit at the feet of the risen Jesus, and be mentored by the Master?  What we  are all longing for more than anything is the presence of the authentic  Christ.  We each crave to know the scriptures better, to experience Jesus in worship and be sent into the world with power, to serve the poor more, to meet more of the lost that you might recognize Jesus in the world, to pray with the clarity and the expectation to hear Jesus, to practice generosity at a sacrificial level, to be mentored by spiritual giants, to have more confidantes to share your inner most fears with. “IF” you desire such things in overflowing portions, it will only be given  to you when you have learned to say “NO” with precise accuracy to the lesser things that tempt you to offer them time.

God bless you in saying your “NO’s.” For there is “NO” other way to say “YES” to God.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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