Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” The Spirit and the Bride are saying, “Come!” Those who have heard this message say, “Come!” “Whoever is thirsty, let him come, and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” (Matt. 11:28; Rev. 22:17)
Jesus, the Spirit, our future home Jerusalem and the Church are all saying, “Come on home!” The Church should be a safe haven to come to be perfect, not be a place where people must be perfect to come. Is your church fellowship an inviting place to come?
In order for it to be, every believer must realize they have a drug of choice from which Jesus wants to set them free. A drug of choice is anything, anyone and/or anyplace where you go to meet your needs other than to Jesus Christ. Yes, some drugs of choice have greater consequences on this earth; but all sin destroys our lives, no matter what it is – big or small, gross or societal accepted.
Since we all have sin in our lives (yes you do – 1 John 1:8!); we all have times when we are weary soldiers in need of rest; and, we all have burdens that need lifting, let’s be a safe haven for the Spirit to change our lives on His timetable in His way. A good friend of mine, who is a recovering alcoholic, once said to me, “I feel more accepted at an AA meeting than at most churches I’ve been too.” This should and cannot be if we are saying to the weary, the thirsty, and the burdened, “Come!”
The weary and thirsty want your place of fellowship to be a safe haven. This will only occur if we allow people to come as they are, messy or clean, whether they look or dress like us or not. This can only happen when believers realize they have drugs of choice as well, they’re just different.
Can people come while being in process or must they be perfect before they enter your fellowship? The church that learns to accept people where they are, though not liking everything they do, say or wear, and loves them while they process their drug of choice through the Word of God is going to be the kind of church that says, “Come!” and people will actually come.
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