But first…

I have always preferred the “golden age” of entertainment; television, music, movies, there is something that strikes a deep chord within me when I watch or listen to the old songs or actors and actresses of that period.

Often the shows on radio or television were sponsored by a primary business and the show’s host/hostess would tell about the wonderful product that the listeners “needed” to buy. There may even be a teaser given for the listeners to return to the show after the commercials, followed by, “But first, a word from our sponsor(s)…”

In America, the NASCAR organization’s racing cars have decals on them to show who are sponsoring the drivers. I wonder what would happen if human beings had that kind of information given to anyone who listened to them. Who would their sponsor(s) be? Would we given them as much attention if we knew who was really fueling their conversation?

Jesus often spoke of His “sponsor” and why He was here on earth. There are approximately twenty-four verses in the Gospels that explain Who sent Christ. For example John 8:29, “And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”

Or John 12:49, “For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.

Jesus was clear every time, He was not here because He “felt” like it was a good idea. He was here for the specific mission of telling everyone who would listen, God loved them and had created a way for them to be restored to the same intimacy of Adam and Eve.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me,” (John 13:20).

When we choose to accept the offer of an intimate relationship with Christ, we are choosing a life full of prayer and listening to the Holy Spirit. As we listen, it prompts us to show mercy (Micah 6:8), care for the poor and the widow (James 1:27), to love one another (Ephesians 4::2) as we have been called to do because we are following Christ.

It’s time to be honest; who do we say we follow and who are we really “sponsored” by? If we don’t like the choices we’ve made in the past we can “break our contract” with the old sponsor and sign on with the new sponsor, Jesus. He offers a new life (2 Corinthians 5:17) and an eternal life (John 3:16) through His death and resurrection.

We can embrace a life of true relationship with Christ and learn the depth and breadth of living life “sold out” to God and God alone. It is a decision we all will make, either by intentional decision or by our indecision.

Best Beloved, I do not know what your life is like or the decisions you made/make daily. I can speak to this; choosing to walk fully with Christ every day and purposefully growing in your relationship with Christ Jesus is worth it. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them, (Hebrews 7:25).

Choosing Christ means you will have wisdom and understanding from Heaven (James 1:17). It means an opportunity to lean into God when you don’t understand and to know that His understanding is beyond ours and that we can trust in Him. He is faithful.

God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, (1 Corinthians 1:9).

His love for you is unfathomable: and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:19-21).

My prayer for you, Dear Ones, is that you will choose a life with Christ. Not because it is easy, it may very well be the hardest decision you make. Choosing Jesus means knowing and accepting that He is the only way to restore your relationship with God.

He is the Only Way (John 14:6) to restoration. To change the sponsorship of your ever-living-never-dying-soul from Hell to Heaven. Best Beloved, choose Christ. Put Him first in all things and He will grow in your soul a desire for Him.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well, (Matthew 6:33).

Amen and amen.

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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