When I was a kid, my family and I would load up the family wagon and go to the beach every summer. For my parents, it was the one time a year that they sat aside in the hope of refreshment. Yet, it never seemed to work out well for them. They drove while my brother and sister and I slept. And then, when we were awake, we took away almost all hope of refreshment with all of the wrestling in the back seat and the constant need to stop for the restroom and to ask that famous question… “Are we there yet?”
Even when we try our best, we find that refreshment is difficult to experience. It could be that we are looking for it in the wrong places. It could be that life has become so busy that we wouldn’t know refreshment even if we found it! And thus, in our new sermon series, we are making it our number one goal to seek and experience true refreshment.
Many years ago, Jesus spoke a Word that points us the way to this refreshment. He said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest… rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:28-29)! We see from His Word that refreshment is not about a time or place, but about a person. Our true refreshment must be found in Him! So what does that mean? Our first step this past Sunday was one of repentance. In other words, to actually “come” to Jesus, as He has invited us to do, and experience His love and forgiveness. All we have to do is confess. “If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). When is the last time that you have confessed your sins to Jesus? This is a wonderful gift that will allow you to lay down all of your sins and burdens and begin to experience the refreshment of God’s presence. Let’s confess our sins and celebrate this Sunday after a week in His harvest field! -Jason