I remember the first time I heard the phrase ‘come to Jesus’, and it didn’t have a positive connotation. I quickly learned that ‘come to Jesus’ moments were when people were getting called on the carpet and chewed out for some unacceptable behavior.
But I want to see the phrase redeemed.
When I use the phrase ‘come to Jesus’, I’m talking about those life-changing moments when we have been met by the Son of God in places of greatest need. Sometimes the encounter is challenging; sometimes it is awakening; it is always life-giving.
For the follower of Jesus, our relationship with Jesus is not about one ‘come to Jesus’ moment but a lifetime of coming to Jesus. I chose to trust Christ very early in my life, but I thank God that wasn’t my only come to Jesus moment. I continue to come to Jesus when he reaches out to me through his scriptures, when my thoughts are invaded by his affirmation, when I fall flat on my face and realize how far I’d moved from him, when I am at my limits, or when I’m with God’s people.
We’ve been celebrating that God came close with the birth of Jesus. We know God came close, but how often do we live our life as though he went back and we’re still living with this huge chasm of separation between us? That’s not the way it is! If we belong to Jesus, he remains with us! That chasm does not exist!
He’s not a distant God but a close shepherd (John 10). He walks with us, and we know his voice. He knows us, and we can know him. When we wonder off, he comes after us. When the wolves come, he protects us. And he leads us to green pastures and pure waters when we are hungry and thirsty.
James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He WILL draw near to you.” We need these come to Jesus moments!
How have you come to Jesus or come back to Jesus in 2018? How has he come to you?