Saying yes to God doesn't require perfection. Saying yes just requires a 'Yes'.
Matthew 5: 1-12
We are still in the early stages of 2020. We are still in the stages where we are deciding if we are going to eat right or not. We are still in the stages of deciding whether or not this is the year that we will volunteer or purchase a gym membership. Yet, I cannot help wonder how many people said, "This is the year that I will say yes to God?"
I ask that question because we are closer to God’s appearing than we have ever been. Yet it seems we are farther away from Him than we have ever been. Saying "Yes" to God means change, and I am not sure how many of us really want change. Saying "Yes" to God can mean that there is an admittance of wrong doing and a commitment to do it right. Saying "Yes" to God means that there is a call for obedience.
Let's look at Matthew 5:1-12. As a quick summary, it says, "... blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, blessed are those who are persecuted, blessed are the peacemakers..." and it goes on and on. Yet, if you look a little deeper, the blessing comes because you have made a decision to say "yes" to things that are not popular and can, at times, be disheartening.
When you say yes to God, you often:
It is important to remember that God gives us free will. He is not One to force you to do something that you have no desire, or do not want to do. You have a choice to say "Yes, God, I will obey." You have the leeway to choose a YES. God doesn’t want slaves, He wants followers. He wants friends.
Here are a few things to remember.
Saying yes to God does not require perfection. A yes doesn’t require gifts and talents. A yes just requires a YES.