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Pastor viewpoint: 'I don't want it' or 'I do want it'

Tim Sackett

I have noticed as I walk and talk like Jesus, sometimes people are either confused or upset toward me. Their confusion comes about because they wonder why anyone would get so

serious about living for Jesus. This is especially true about unbelievers. Although they know

something is wrong in their life they don't understand how or why to improve their life. When

they watch and hear Christian people, their conclusion is "I don't want it!"

Fear and stubbornness seem to work together. An example of this is a person who feels very sick. They ache and hurt all the time. They fear going to a doctor because of what they will find

out. They also fear a doctor because of cost or embarrassment. Doing nothing about it becomes

acceptable. If anyone mentions to them what they should do, they answer with a stubborn

answer. Then that stubbornness settles into their life. They accept the problem and carry it with

them. Every time the opportunity comes around to resolve the problem, the response comes

from fear and stubbornness. The response is "I don't want it!"

There are others who don't live with pain or anguish, but rather they live with a purpose of achievement and self-satisfaction. There is nothing that can stop them from total enjoyment.

Money, material things and entertainment are the way to live life. They act like the "prodigal

son" Jesus taught about in Luke 15. Jesus made it clear how destructive living this life can be. This wasteful son had a father who was patient, kind and wise. But the son responded, "I don't

want it!"

Becoming a Christian, deciding to follow and believe Jesus, is a choice. Jesus has always

given the world a choice. All of us can choose to hold on to our sinful life, thinking that

somehow a "cure" will come along that I can accept. There is a point in time in everyone's life

when God is asking us to make that choice. Psalm 14:1 has a warning about being foolish. It

says that only a fool declares there is no God. In essence, that foolish person says, "I don't

want it!"

For many people in many churches this is a season of reflection and prayer. Reading more

Scripture, or devotionals is helpful. More time spent in church or watching Christian films might

be what people want. The importance of all this is to stand up and be counted for what you

believe. Even though there are many around us who do not believe in Jesus, we can help them.

Make sure to "speak the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15).

Jesus spoke the truth about God and people were confused and upset. He offered them the

choice to relieve their sinful nature and the suffering it caused. Their response was "I don't

want it!"

As Jesus died to forgive our sins and bring immediate access to God, He asked God to

forgive the sins of the ones who hung him on the cross. He knew their fear and stubbornness.

He knew about their confusion and anger. For all the people who have rejected Him by saying

"I don't want it," He still died in their place. He still offers the choice to turn and say, "I DO

WANT IT."

During these 40 days and on the special holy days coming up, bring someone along with

you. Pray for them, encourage them and wait for God to change their hearts and their words.