Stop

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
Revelation 3:20 ESV

There are so many demands upon our attention. Ironically the one most worthy of our attention never demands it. The demands upon us will never stop, yet we can stop. Many of life's anxieties are driven by the lie that happiness comes from staying a step ahead of one's to-do-list. Many people die just one accomplishment short of "success."

Heaven defines success by the quality of our relationships. God believes we are worth stopping for. As we seek him we become convinced that God is worth stopping for. Our children, spouses, and parents need to know they are worth stopping for and there is only one way to effectively communicate this.

Jesus refused to allow the enormous demands upon him to rob him of opportunities to stop and recognize someone's value. Sometimes he had to look up in a sycamore tree or beneath the feet of a bustling crowd, but he found people, and he stopped for them. As it dawns upon us that our Creator stops for us, the rat race fades into the background and we stop too. Even as we engage the necessary burdens of life, when we have first stopped to be with him, a peaceful clarity can attend our day multiplying the effectiveness of our efforts.

He waits on us each day, not for us to fail, but he waits to see if we will count him worthy of our time. He has always counted us worthy of his. In the end, those who are lost are not condemned on the basis of sins committed but because of their unwillingness to be reconciled to God through giving him the time of day. It requires faith to stop, the exercise of the will to protect the moments which connect us to heaven. Congratulations on stopping today.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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