Do I make my plans according to ordinary human standards, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been “Yes and No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not “Yes and No”; but in him it is always “Yes.” For in him every one of God’s promises is a “Yes.” For this reason it is through him that we say the “Amen,” to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 1:17-20, NRSV
Today is my birthday, and Ellie has proposed a very special gift for me. “Mama,” she said in her authoritative-six-year-old way, “on your birthday, Noah and Daddy and I have to say ‘yes’ to you all day long. And then the next day it can go back to normal.” (Apparently, not listening to Mommy is what counts as “normal” in our house.)
Still… twenty-four hours of yes? I’ll take it!
The Christian life is one of saying “yes” to God — saying “yes” to the gift of God’s grace, saying “yes” to God’s will (even and especially when it conflicts with our own), saying “yes” to the call God places on our lives and the work God has for us to do. It’s a whole lot more than twenty-four hours of “yes.” It takes most of a lifetime (and a whole lot of grace) to say it consistently, to make “yes” the “normal” response.
There’s a lot of holy, compassionate work that needs to be done out there… all the more so in this COVID-touched world. So may God grant each of us the grace to say “yes” — ever more faithfully, ever more consistently, ever more enthusiastically. In this season of COVID-tide, and throughout our lives, may “yes” become our “normal” response to God!
And remember, friends:
Our God is bigger than coronavirus.
Our vision is bigger than coronavirus, too.
We are people blessing people.
We are Wesley Church.
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