MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!
We had such a wonderful time together as a family yesterday, and missed those who were unable to join us for brunch and worship.
If you were not with us (or want to hear Kristi’s awesome message again) CLICK HERE to listen.
You won’t be disappointed!
The primary take-home for me from that message is the title of
this post…. “A weak ‘yes’ is still ‘yes’.”
What do I mean and what question am I talking about?
If you recall from the story Kristi read, the King (Jesus) makes His way towards the common-girl (us), looks into her eyes and offers her his heart in marriage and his throne in partnership.
She (us) is overwhelmed at the prospect of such a dream come true – a dream she had had since childhood… but, compared to the majesty, beauty and power of the One asking the question, her poverty, broken-ness and normal-ness was far too big in her own mind and disqualified her from saying “yes” to the Kings outlandish proposal of marriage.
Then, He confirms the fact that she has nothing of value (in herself) to bring to their relationship – he has created everything around her, yea, even created her… but has given to her the one-and-only thing she had of value to offer in return. The one thing that He had give her and vowed to never, ever take from her – her choice – her “yes”.
You see, our “yes” to Jesus’ continual offer of marriage (which is an ever-deepening, ever-growing relationship of love with Him) is our choice.
We are given the highest honor and the highest dignity by the King because He will never force us to choose Him. He will never force us deeper; He will never force us into more intimacy with Him…
…and as long as there is breath in our lungs, He will never stop inviting us to go deeper, to partner with Him in marriage.
C.S. Lewis said it this way…
“Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by an offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.“
The unbelievable offer to partner with the Majestic One, the Beautiful King (our Husband, if we accept!) is usually more than we can comprehend. In light of our failures and weakness, our broken-ness and human-ness, we often are unable to perceive His offer at all; much less have the courage to to accept His offer, defying the liars screaming silently from our past.
But the offer is there… He is there, offering… waiting for our “yes”, though it may be a weak one.
Even a weak “yes” is still a “yes”.
Give your “yes” to Jesus this Christmas.