Blogging is a funny business. Lots of people are very passionate about what constitutes a blog. This is even more heightened in the Christian blogging world. The advent of online forums have provided an incredible ocean of helpful thoughts and ideas to be disseminated quickly and easily to the world. I have learnt many things from bloggers from different cultures. It has also provided another realm for sin to grow. Anonymous commenting and imbalanced critique has hurt many and led to divisions and misinformation to spread. We need to be careful how we comment. As the writer of the Proverbs notes, “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.” (10:18)
I follow many bloggers. Some I dip into. Some I weight eagerly for their latest thoughts on culture and our world. All I find helpful as I grow as a human and servant of Jesus.
A favorite of mine is Ray Orland. He is pastor in the USA. His blogs are quite unique in my blog list. Each day he shares a quote or reflection on a book, article or culture. The blog is rarely long. It is never complex. Yet it is regulary profound causing me to stop, think and pray.
This week he wrote a wonderful blog. I have included it below. As I read the comments I was encouraged by 1 commenter who encouraged Ray on how his blogs lead people to the grace of Jesus. Now that is what Ray loves to hear I imagine.
This Post can be found HERE (“Come to me”
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
The sacred center of Christianity is Christ himself. Coming personally to the Person. Coming directly to the Mediator. No one but Jesus can call us with such authority, and no one but Jesus can encourage us with such a promise. No one else can give us rest.
If our primary purpose in church is to connect with one another, that’s what we’ll get — one another. And we’ll end up angry. Only Jesus gives us rest. If we will put him first and come to him first, then we’ll have something to give to one another.
If our primary purpose in church is outreach and mercy and justice, we’ll end up exhausted. Only Jesus gives us rest. If we will put him first and come to him first, we’ll be renewed for endless mission.
There are as many false and disappointing centers as there are impulses in our hearts. Everything else will let us down. Everything.
Only One has ever said and can ever say, “Come to me, and I will give you rest.”
His offer stands. And we don’t have to deserve it. He gives it. But he does come first.