Who is Jesus to Me?

     Such an easy question; Who is Jesus to Me? I can easily say friend, redeemer, comforter, philosopher, etc. All these titles are accurate, but I think there is more to the story. In prayer, I hear the Savior inviting me into a prosperous relationship. Labels are acceptable, but they do not request a personal call to love. God wants action, discipleship born out of a free will. We choose to follow because our hearts crave it.

     The personal decision we make requires the freedom to surrender the care of our lives over to the One who first loved us. Deep in the headwaters of our souls, Jesus embraces our choice. There is no manipulation in this profound place, no cajoling to decide to commit to a new way of life. We respond to God’s invitation despite our hurts, passions, and fears. The moment of true conversion does not depend on any outward action but an internal response to Divine grace.

      This Advent season, I listen to the still small voice inside me that calls me into a depth of relationship that bases itself on a rich, holy, and sacred dialogue with the Savior. This year, I hope to reconnect with my heart in a way that shares the good news of Christ. My actions externally may reflect an internal process of freedom. Hope abounds when we turn the care of our lives over to the Creator.

     What will you do to grow more affluent in the faith? This question lies before us in this season of preparation. Go beyond a surface level of trust into a renewal of spirit deep within your core. This inner sanctum is where God does a holy work in you.

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of Hamlin Memorial United Methodist Church in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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