The wedding bells were ringing loud and clear this past Saturday as this writer and preacher had the privilege and honor of participating in the wedding of Martin and Sara.
This couple, along with their families, had spent countless hours preparing for their special day with much emphasis placed upon coordinating and calculating every conceivable (and often inconceivable) possibility. However, the most essential item in all of this planning is another word, that is the most important item in ALL relationships: communication!
As a matter of a fact, a certain wedding counseling “professional” usually begins his first session with the following statement: What are the 3 most important items in a long and successful marriage?
The answer is… 1) Communication 2) Communication 3) Communication!
Interestingly enough, this ‘C’ word is also vital in our relationship as a follower of our Lord. Our Savior longs forus to communicate with Him. In the gospels, with an assist from the Thompsons’ Chain-Reference Bible, we find that Jesus’ disciples were constantly telling Him about different things happening in their lives. Check out a few of those that were listed:
Their Perils – MT 8:25; Their Questions – MT 24:3; Their Sicknesses – MK 1:30;
Their Difficulties – MK 6:35-44; Their Victories – LK 10:17; Their Bereavements – JN 11:21-23
Our job is not only to communicate the Good News to all we meet (MT 28:19, 20), but it is also to communicate WITH the Good News! The Good Shepherd had this to say regarding His relationship with His Flock: “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and…MY SHEEP KNOW ME”(John 10:14, emphasis added)
How can we know Jesus if we fail to communicate with Him? It must begin with a purpose of relationship from deep within our desires! The Good News is… HE is the Good News. And He wants and waits for you and me to respond.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelations 3:20)
Let us all desire this type of relationship with Jesus as we communicate and try to understand one final ‘C’ word… Commitment! To do so, let us bring our discussion to a conclusion with a few words from the Apostle Paul regarding an additional wedding analogy.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her.” (EPH 5:25)
Christ WAS and IS committed to us. Let us communicate with Him!
Sincerely Communicating with Jesus,