There are a couple of sayings about how things “come and go”. They hint at the fast turnaround and the temporary, with a touch of shallowness and a lack of fulfillment.
However, the words “come and go”, in light of our faith yield a far different outcome. They actually bring rest and stability, along with triumph and eternal outcomes.
In Sunday’s message, we were challenged to do both of these.
First, God calls ALL of us to come to Him. He offers rest and help; a desire to share our load. I recently read a quote that said “God’s care is better than our control.” And after being reminded on Sunday of Matthew 11:28-30, I realized that while this is in fact true, it is also a very big obstacle for many of us. We often choose our control over God’s care. He extends the invitation to us to come, but we don’t have to take it. It is in our best interest. So why don’t we? Because oftentimes, in order to accept help, it means we are turning over our control. And letting go of control takes Daring Faith. However, we forget who Our Helper is. Psalm 121:1-2 (CSB) says,
I lift my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
If accepting His invitation to come means finding rest and help from the very God who breathed the world, and everything in it, into existence…then I’m in.
Then after having gone to Him for help, and therefore with His help, He calls us to go.
I loved unpacking Luke 14:16-20. God specifically put not one, but multiple excuses in these scriptures. I’m pretty sure it’s because He knew we would be full of them. Our call to go is not just about us making sure we are offering to others what God has prepared for them. It is also about us experiencing what He has prepared for us. Our obedience to go has as much to do with our relationship with Christ as it does about helping others find one with Him.
So my challenge to myself and to each of us is this:
Do I share my load with God? Will I choose His care over my control?
And then, let your faith in Him send you! Ask Him, “Where do you want me to go?” His answer might surprise you…but He’s calling you to have a Daring Faith.