239. No Thanks, I’m Good

Note from The Storyteller:  If you have not read postings prior to the one that follows, I recommend that you do so.  There is insight that may help as you walk the road toward spiritual maturity.  All of the prior postings can be found at www.waiting4thetrain.com.  Also, if you received this posting as an email, please forward it to everyone you think would be interested in and may benefit from the devotional postings.  Thank you!

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Ricky came by with the coffee pot and asked if I would like some more.  I responded, “No thanks, I’m good.”

“Interesting choice of words!” Stan said.

“In what way?” I responded.

“I used them a lot before I became serious about my relationship with God.  People would ask me if I wanted to attend a Bible study, be involved in a fellowship or prayer group, and the like, and I would respond, ‘No thanks, I’m good.’”

Continuing, Stan said, “I thought I had all of the God-stuff I needed, definitely all that I wanted, and I wasn’t interested in any more.”

“Wow,” I said, “that’s quite a self-indictment.”

“Yeah,” Stan responded, “but all true.”

“Thankfully,” he continued, “God wasn’t satisfied with that and He opened me to want to know Him more deeply.”

Stan then added, “God opened me, I responded, and the great adventure began.  And it continues.”

“But you know what bothers me?” Stan then asked and answered before I could respond.  “What bothers me is the number of people who have no interest in maturing in their Christian faith.”

“Their attitude,” Stan continued, “is that they have their ticket for the train to glory and that is all they need.  They say, ‘No thanks, I’m good.’  They have no idea what they are missing.  I was there, thankful I’m not, and I pray for each one of them to be awakened to all God has for them.”

Ricky came back by and I said, “Fill me up!”

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And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.  John 17:3.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you want an ever-deepening relationship with me.  Please forgive me all of the times I have avoided what you want by refusing to enter into the deeper relationship you have for me.  Too many times I said, “No thanks, I’m good” when you invited me to spend time with you.  Please, Lord, continue to invite me.  And please open me so I want to know you as deeply as is possible on this side of eternity.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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