Have you graciously received what God is ready to give? Don’t be quick to respond because the answer may be different than you think. Sure, we say, I’ve received Christ into my life through obedience to the gospel. I believe who he says he is and that he died and was resurrected so I may live! But does your life show you’ve accepted this fact?
In reality, we sometimes have difficulty resting in the assurance of all of God’s promises and gifts. How many Christians today really seek him first and wholeheartedly trust in the provision of God? Not many it seems considering all of the anxiety and worry that is present in our lives. God has freely given the gift of his Son so we don’t have to worry anymore. We should have a hope that surpasses everything in this world.
In the Parable of the Great Banquet found in Luke 14:15-23, we find what tends to keep us from fully accepting what God offers- Excuses! God wants to fill his house. He wants to celebrate our friendship but we sometimes turn him down with our doubts and excuses.
Cast all of your anxiety on him (1 Peter 5:7). Stop trying to work hard enough to earn his love. He has promised to give you rest (Matthew 11:28). Trust that God calls you his own and that he will take care of you.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
(1 John 3:1)