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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Yes, Lord!

'Yes, Lord!'  What do we have here?  Two simple words, a total of seven letters made of up five consonants and two vowels.  Throw in a couple of punctuation marks and we have one of the most important [to God] and abused [by man] phrases in the Christians vocabulary.  I'm not just rambling on today about New Testament Believers, because my point to be made covers everybody from the beginning of Biblical History forward.  Think about it for a minute...  It's easy to imagine the response of Adam and Eve there in the Garden when He gave them their marching orders, when they would've said 'Yes, Lord!' to His instructions.  Choose any of the Biblical characters down through history, and while most of them initially responded with something like, 'I can't do that, Lord.', a vast majority of the time the final response was, 'Yes, Lord!'  Look at the process Jesus undertook to choose His original disciples.  He would select someone, tell them to follow Him, and the response inevitably was, 'Yes, Lord!'  Look around you today at people called by into specific ministries and what you'll find the final response was, even though some like myself didn't have the desire to by in ministry, a heartfelt, 'Yes, Lord!'  Now let's each take a long hard look at ourselves, and this is always hard to do and be honest and objective.  Scripture tells us that while God has called many, few are chosen.  The Parable of the Wedding Feast is a perfect illustration of this.

'22 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’ 5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. 7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.  11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”'   (Matthew 22:1-14    NKJV)

The planning of the Wedding Feast is a figurative comparison to the plans, or Will, that God had in His heart of hearts for all of humankind.  Just as the planning of the king provided for every conceivable need of his guests, so did the Will of the Father include every possible need of those He called, or invited.  And, just as those invited by the king didn't accept their invitations to the Wedding Feasts, so has the vast majority of those called by the King of kings either not responded to His calling or failed to respond in a sincere and diligent way.  Now I know that I've only touched on the high points of this Parable, but my rambling about today isn't about this Parable, it's about two simple words and the impact they should have on man's relationship with God.

When each of us make the conscious decision to come to the Throne of Grace, we are effectively saying, 'Yes, Lord!'  But, and this is a very important and often misunderstood point, we are not saying, 'Yes, Lord!' only to our acknowledgment of our absolute need and acceptance of the atoning blood of Christ.  We're also saying, 'Yes, Lord!' to every single part of the Father's Will for our lives from that point forth.  This is not something that we're able to pick and choose what we want to be in our lives and what we don't want to be responsible for. 

So where are you?  Was, and is, your, 'Yes, Lord!' just that, or is it more like, 'Yes, Lord, but....?' 

Hey guess what?  I've made the point for today, my rambling is finished, for now.  Yeah, I know that this is kind of short for me, but don't let the length of this post lead you to believe that it's any less important than any of the longer ones I've posted in the past.  'Yes, Lord!' is a very important part of your life before the Lord, and all that He has in His Will for you, and my prayer for you today and every day is that your 'Yes, Lord!' is truly 'YES, LORD!!!!'

Be Blessed Brothers and Sisters, today and every day!


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