A Cup Of Joy- Week 2: Coffee With Jesus

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Week Two’s Guided Verse:

James 4:8 “Come near to God and God will come near to you…”

Earlier this week, I celebrated the fact that my hubby and I had reached our one year baptism-iversary: that special day in every Christian’s life when they publicly declare their commitment to live for Jesus, fully alive!

The dunk that takes away all the junk.

Except, all of my junk did not remain in that tub of water after I had climbed out.  I wish it had, I thought maybe it would; but it followed me right back out, through the parking lot, into my car, settling comfortably beside me in our home once again.

Bummer.

Or is it?

Maybe the best thing about publicly declaring you’re “all-in” for Jesus, is allowing others to see that that doesn’t necessarily make you perfect.  And if I’m not perfect, but I love Jesus…then maybe you have freedom to love Jesus amidst all of your imperfections, too.  

Talk about liberation!

Here’s the thing that can terrify us, paralyze us, and keep us from seeking the one who can eliminate all fear: we don’t know if we’re ready to follow all of his rules.  It’s almost like, we want to make sure we’re just right before we start discovering what just right in Christ means.

Ezekiel 36:26-27 delivers us some pretty fantastic news.  Check it out: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees…”  

And in real people terms?  God never says CHANGE YOURSELVES, MAKE YOURSELVES NEW, BELIEVE IN ME BUT DO IT ALL ON YOUR OWN.

Phew!  Thank…God.

No, He’s saying look, don’t worry about what you don’t know, I will make you new.  I will change your heart over time, I will give you my spirit and with it, my power; and I will help guide you to follow all of the things that will make your life better!

Don’t you see the beauty in it?  We don’t have to put off having coffee with Jesus; we can meet with him over and over and through our meetings, He will change us.  We are not in charge of changing ourselves.  How could we, we’re only human!

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If you didn’t know the good news, hear it now: Jesus came to earth on our behalf.  He wasn’t here because he was tired of heaven.  He didn’t walk these dusty roads because he was mad at his Dad for grounding him (#punintended).  No, he came to be born fully man while fully God, capable of avoiding pain and yet submitting himself to it, because he wanted us to live with him forever in Kingdom come.

He loved us, even while we were living dead, even before we knew who he was.  He sacrificed himself because he just couldn’t stand the idea of losing us forever.

Galatians 4:7 “So you are no longer a slave {to this world}, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”  God sent Jesus so that you could inherit eternity.  Talk about a heavenly will!  It’s ironclad, friend, it’s unable to be dragged through a court of law, picked apart, or rescinded by any earthly element.  God says: talk to Jesus, come to me, and it’s all yours.

It’s not when you change.

It’s not when you figure it out.

It’s not when you’re ready to follow all of the rules.

Hebrews 7:25 tells us “Therefore {Jesus} is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

Always.  He’s never not available.  And he doesn’t discriminate… we’re all unworthy of his grace and we’re all in perfect position to receive it.  Time and time again.  Every day.  Sometimes every hour, if I’m being honest.

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  Does this not align perfectly with today’s meditated verse?

Don’t expect to have all the answers when you begin searching for God.  But when you search for God, expect him to show up with answers for you.  Don’t be afraid to tell him that you doubt, that you have a hard time believing, that you’re not sure of what you need from him, that you don’t even know why you’re looking for him right now.  Spoiler alert, he already knows everything you’re thinking.  He has already written every sentence you will say before you utter a word. 

If you’re a newbie, take comfort in this: you don’t have to give your whole life right away.  Much like a significant other, you can date for a while before you commit to forever.  Start out with some coffee chats and soon you’ll find yourself married to the most amazing truth you will ever come to know!

Take it slow if you need to, but take the steps to discover all the things that you don’t know that you don’t know.

Final Prayer, pray it with me!:

Heavenly Father, show yourself to me.  Help me to believe in every promise of scripture that you have revealed to me.  Give me greater understanding, through your Holy Spirit, that I might comprehend the incomprehensible.  I declare I believe that Jesus is the way to you, Lord, so sit with me today, every day, and transform my heart.  Replace what I think I know with what you want me to know.  Fill me with your wisdom.  And Father God, thank you for being patient and understanding as I wrestle my humanness in search of your truth and power.  Amen.

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How would you describe your current walk with Jesus?  Occasional coffee dates?  Regular meet ups?  Living together in a beautiful relationship?