So often our idea of how to relate to God is influenced or stifled by our limited understanding of who He is and what He has done. So often, we let our emotions and acute awareness of our imperfections hold us back.
What would happen in our lives if we decide “I Will” ? I will know Him…I will praise Him…I will push past the regrets, the confusion, the condemnation or the pride in my life to know Him. I will, I will, I will.
How can we do it? How can we dare to give ourselves permission to really, truly know Him despite ourselves? We don’t. God does. He gives us permission and invites us to make an “I Will” decision. Not based on anything having to do with ourselves…only based on His greatness. We can make an “I Will” decision because of Jesus. Check it Out:
2Corinthians 5:14-21 (The Message)
Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.
Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the worlds square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering the forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.
How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.
What do we have to lose? Dare to imagine the freedom in declaring, today, I will know my Creator. I will know this Jesus who shed His blood so I can live close to Him…know Him as my friend. I have lived lots of years held back by a performance-oriented way of thinking…needing to earn grace and the chance to know Jesus so intimately. But see, you can’t earn grace. You can’t do or undo what Jesus did on the cross. God, Creator of everything we see, walked upon the very earth He fashioned in a human body. He took on the shame of sin…He took on the pride of man…He took on every broken piece of humanity. And as Jesus breathed His last, hanging on those wooden beams, He said “It is finished.”
The only thing left for us to do now is decide to agree with Him. Dive into this extravagant grace and the finished product of God’s great work. Jesus is very alive. Death could not hold Him. The brokeness of humanity was restored in His brokeness. How do we change? How do we dare hope to be filled with His love, His peace, His joy?
We grab onto a moment of boldness and say “I will…I will…I will…”