Yes, I will.
Your life with Jesus only takes place because of the word yes spoken to you and spoken over you – God’s massive, surprising, loving, unfailing, never-ending yes.
Then Jesus said, follow me.
And in response, you said yes. Yes, I will.
And so the journey begins. The journey of yes.
We say it once. We say it every day.
True, you already know how to say yes. Life with Jesus is a journey of learning to say yes to the path of life that he calls us to walk. Which means we learn to say no to the paths that look so good, but only lead us away from our Lord.
Every day we wake up and say yes. We set our hearts to honor God’s name, like Levi the priest, and throughout the day we say additional words to Jesus:
God, have mercy on me, a sinner …
...like the man in Jesus’ parable.
Thanks be to God, who delivers me …
Teach me your way, Lord,
and give me an undivided heart …
...like David. *
Yes. Yes, I will.
And we pray these words from the Psalmist, over and over:
Show me how much you love me, Lord, and save me according to your promise. Then I can answer those who insult me because I trust in your word. Enable me to speak the truth at all times, because my hope is in your judgments. I will always obey your law, forever and ever. I will live in perfect freedom, because I try to obey your teachings. I will announce your commands to kings and I will not be ashamed. I find pleasure in obeying your commands, because I love them. I respect and love your commandments; I will meditate on your instructions.
Psalm 119:41-48 Good News Translation
Benediction of Blessing
May you never lose sight of the incredible truth that God has said yes in love to you.
May you joyfully respond with a resounding yes! Yes I will!
May you set your heart to follow Jesus wherever he leads you.
* Levi – Malachi 2:1-9; Jesus’ parable – Luke 18:9-14; Paul – Romans 7:25; David – Psalm 86:11
Every other week the Blue Spigot includes a section of Psalm 119, a prayer from David that serves well as our prayer, asking God to rekindle in us a love for his word – both the Living Word, Jesus Christ, and the written version (the Bible).
Pray it aloud. Pray it thoughtfully. And pray it several times over the next two weeks.
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