It's a God Thing - Sunday 9/19
by L.Strickland | September 20, 2010
This morning was another one of those times that were strictly set aside for God’s glory. If you were there, you know what I mean. Pastor Randy had his sermon all prepared to deliver, he was ready to go but God had other plans. The altar was filled with people giving their lives to Jesus! It is exciting to know how this will change every one of their lives - they will never look at the world the same way again. While Pastor was tossing his wireless mouse and his notes to the side, I was reminded of a necklace my sister had on many years ago. It did not make much sense to me back then, especially since my walk was not going in the direction the Lord had in mind, but now it makes total sense. It simply said: ‘Let Go and Let God’. Sweet!
‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light’- Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV). To hope in the Lord is to trust Him fully with your life, and to look to Him as your source of grace and help.
Pastor Randy said that “…the King says He wants all of you; the weary, the heavy laden…all of you. Sometimes we get so Kingdom-minded that we forget about the King”. He also said that sometimes we are so concerned about other things in life that we forget about the Kingdom…there are others out there hurting, on the verge of suicide, dealing with addictions, feeling hopeless and lost. We need to stay tuned in and tuned up, so when someone inevitably comes across our path who is lost and without hope, we remember the King and the Kingdom. “God gave all of us the opportunity to come to the Kingdom, because you see, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him will have eternal life. The Kingdom is so big and so diverse, no matter who you are, you fit; not because you can do what you please, but because you fall in line with Jesus”, said Pastor Randy.
We were reminded that we all have pasts, good or bad, and we need to let go and fall in love with Jesus. Your momentary escape, be it drugs, pornography, alcohol, or maybe even food, does not make your problems go away. When you come off that ‘high’, the problems are still there. Come to Him when you are weary and burdened. Learn from Jesus and find rest; He can lighten your load if you just let go. As Pastor said, “God came here to see you. He stopped an entire service, for you”. When our daughters were younger, we had a collection of videos from a troupe called The Donut Repair Club. Their theme was: ‘Life without Jesus is like a donut, ‘cause there’s a hole in the middle of your heart’. That hole cannot be filled with the temporal things of this world – there is only One who can repair and fill it, and today we saw ‘donut repairs’ taking place. Restoration, repair, reviving hearts, lives and souls…it's what He's good at. God mercifully repaired and filled the hole(s) in our hearts with His love – and now it’s our job, no, it’s our privilege to share Him with others.
The fact that the God of this universe, the God that wonderfully and beautifully made each and every one of us would take the time to drop in and visit with us is awe-mazing. You think you’re busy? God is keeping track of all of His creation 24-7. It shows me how important every one of us is to Him and how He’s never too busy to take the time to hang out and alter our lives here, now, and for an eternity.
Thank you, Pastor Randy, for letting go and letting God.