[dc]I[/dc] want my relationship with God to be defined by two “Yeses.”
Yes Lord, I want to be more in love with You.
And yes Lord, I am willing to do whatever you want me to do.
Being and doing, this is our most important Yes.
We say yes to so many people, but how often during the day do we say yes to God? To be who God wants us to be. And to do what God wants us to do… those are both scary “Yeses.”
Remember playing the “No Means Yes and Yes Means No” game as a kid? It’s a terrible game to play when you’re trying not to get slugged. It’s also a miserable spiritual game we play with God. For me, there are days when I’m all in. Every chip is on the table. (I think.) Yes Lord, I want to love you better than yesterday. Yes, I really do want an intimate walk with you. And yes, I’m willing to do whatever you’d like me to say or do. That’s on my good days.
Other days, depending on the fickleness going on in my heart, I’m “No and Yes” and “Yes and No”or “No, No, and No!” I don’t mean to make light of this…the core problem of human nature is pride and I’ve got a slurry pit full of it. It’s only by God’s grace that I breathe from one moment to the next.
I don’t think God gets terribly confused with my shenanigans, but I am glad my wife or kids don’t treat me that way. When I’m playing the “No Means Yes and Yes Means No” game with God, the key thing I forget is that God is a relational Being. He is not a religion. He is a Person who offers us relationship and friendship. Through Christ, we have relationship with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. The Bible affirms again and again that Jesus is our Friend and Brother and Savior. So when, I’m playing games with God, I’m messing with family. And I’m the adopted one, mind you.
It also means I’ve forgotten the unconditional love of God and His “Yes” for me.
God’s yes is always yes. Yes always means yes. It’s never no. It’s never yes and no. It’s never a tentative “We’ll see…” like your parents used to say. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about God’s love. God’s love for you and me is always Y-E-S.
Paul writes to his friends in Corinth, “Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete.” 2 Corinthians 1:18-20 Read The Message by Eugene Peterson.
I agree with Paul. God’s Yes and our Yes together just might be our most important Yes.
Questions: What is your most important yes? Who do you say “Yes” most often to? How might your life be different if you said “Yes” to God’s love more often?