Choice and consequence

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Choice and consequence

When we hear the words of Christ we have a binary choice, to listen and act or to listen and do nothing nothing. Through listening and acting we allow change and the Holy Spirit to transform us, this is one consequence. To listen and do nothing there is still a consequence and it is misery. By making the decision not to open our hearts to Gods will [or love], he still speaks to us but its not always going to be pleasant. He may provide further opportunities to learn or to come to him, so why not say yes in the first instance and make it easier on ourselves.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

Sometimes Jesus is gentle with me and other times he is firm and quite intimidating, scary in fact. However he is with me is exactly what I need and it all comes from his love. Yesterday he was gently reminding me, today is a firm message to get back to my actions and responses to the listening. I have already started and today I must continue but with more vigour and commitment because I know what it feels like to have the Holy Spirit remind me and I don’t always like that consequence.

Prayer:

Lord,
I hear you and respond by opening my heart and saying yes.
I will do as you have asked me and come to you.
I surrender my laziness and complacency
And get out of my comfortable place.
Amen

Matthew 11:20-24

Jesus began to reproach the towns in which most of his miracles had been worked, because they refused to repent.
‘Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. And still, I tell you that it will not go as hard on Judgement day with Tyre and Sidon as with you. And as for you, Capernaum, did you want to be exalted as high as heaven? You shall be thrown down to hell. For if the miracles done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have been standing yet. And still, I tell you that it will not go as hard with the land of Sodom on Judgement day as with you.’