Power in four letters

8 Jan

Come. Such a little word. How is it that it can hold power and influence? Is it not in the outcome of obeying its call?

 I’ve struggled over what I want it to say in my first blogpost for 2019. That’s nothing new. I struggle over many posts. I’ve resisted the urge to select my word for the year as I have read several posts from friends. I argued I didn’t want to do it because it seems to be the thing to do in these times. In fact, because everyone was doing it was my reason for not. But that was before I realized the word come—like it or not—had attached itself to me.

photo by Charles Huff

Come is the unspoken imperative for every written piece whether a doctoral thesis, a screen play, or a child’s attempt to tell a story. The call is come. Come, enter into my thoughts, step into my imagination, follow me as I bring you into my vantage point.

 And as I have asked Jesus to show me how to have a deeper relationship with him, should I have been surprised that his answer is come? Here are but a few exhortations in the Bible:

  • Psalm 95:2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
  • Psalm 95:4 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
  • Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord,
  • Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 Jesus pointed out the cost to coming to him. It’s more than just changing locations or mindset:

  • Matthew 16:24 “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

And, in case anyone thinks he can find his way on his own:

  • John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
  • John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

 I don’t know what my response to the Lord’s call to come will look like. I tend to resist rituals and intentional habits. Yet, the Lord seeks and rewards steadfastness and faithfulness in his followers. Somehow responding to come must be in response to the Spirit’s call and not to the clock; an act of faith and not self-works.

This I know: as I respond to the Lord’s “Come,” I will be near him for two great benefits. I will see what he is doing and not miss being a part of it, and he will protect me from actions that might otherwise draw me in but are not of him. Come—my special word for 2019. I’ll see where it takes me and let you know.

 

 

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