Pastor Phillip O’Reilly | Senior Pastor
“Come!” say the Spirit and the Bride.
Whoever hears, echo, “Come!”
Is anyone thirsty? Come!
All who will, come and drink,
Drink freely of the Water of Life!
[Revelation 22:17 MSG]
As we step into the New Year, it’s important that we pause, reflect, and listen to God’s words. And all throughout Scripture, He is calling us to come. That’s all. Just to come, to follow, to join Him. Where we are going isn’t nearly as important as who we’re following to get there.
God wants us to come to Him. To come when we are thirsty, to come when we are hungry. He wants us to come when we’re poor and when we’re rich and when we’re tired and when we’re energized. He wants us to come and see that He is good. To taste and drink and experience Him.
Come out of fear. Many times throughout our lives, fear tries to move in, to settle in, to cause us to step back from the Light that we are in. And many times, fear succeeds. Fear is convincing and makes a good case – but God has not given us a spirit of fear. In Scripture, He tells us this specifically: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” [2 Timothy 1:7] Do not accept things that God has not given, and fear is one of those.
Come into hope. It is easy to get distracted. By fear, self-doubt, anxiety, uncertainty, disappointment, anger, unforgiveness – the list goes on and on. The thing is that if we can get past those things, if we can give them up to God, he offers a hope like no other hope and rest like no other rest. With God, hope and rest are everlasting. And renewing. And limitless. Faith despite fear is what makes us strong in Christ. “So don’t lose your bold, courageous faith, for you are destined for a great reward! You need the strength of endurance to reveal the poetry of God’s will and then you receive the promise in full” [Hebrews 10:35-36]
The game isn’t over yet. God still has a plan for us. For you, for me. Even if we can’t see the finish line, we must keep following Him throughout the race. We must run with boldness, blessed assurance, and we must come.