My little sister was that kid who would walk over to the neighbor’s house at supper time and say,”boy, something sure does smell good! I haven’t had anything to eat yet, and I sure do love…” She was also the kid who would say, “when you die, can I have that ring?” And it would work too! She was too cute to offend anyone, and when our Aunt Flossie died, she got the ring and I got some stupid towels. After that, I made sure to ask my mom for her curio cabinet. I learned the hard way that I have to beat Melissa to the punch! Mom, if you’re reading this, don’t forget the curio cabinet is MINE!
What if we were as bold in seeking the things of God, as my sister was in asking food, or ‘things’ from old, dying relatives? What if we desired the things of God, and asked boldly to have, and experience all He has for us?
We don’t have, and we don’t do, because we don’t ask and believe! Jesus said to his disciples in John 14:12-14 ” Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
This doesn’t mean that you can ask for a Mercedes and to marry Luke Bryan and you’ll get it; it means that if you want to do great things for Jesus, He’ll give you what you need to glorify His Father! There aren’t many people, if any, who live up to the potential Christ has given us.
The truth is, sometimes it’s a lot easier to ask an old relative for jewelry, than it is to be bold for Christ. We worry that our efforts will go unnoticed. We worry that we’ll be made fun of. We worry that we’re not good enough, or that we won’t do it right. That’s because we’re focused on ourselves and not God.
We can come to Him boldly. All of us can do something great for the Kingdom! Let’s get brave and turn this world upside down for Jesus. And if anyone has any valuable jewelry? When you die, can I have it?!
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16