For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

2 Corinthians 1: 20

 

Yes is a powerful little word. It breathes out approval and acceptance. We wait with tension and with apprehension for its pronouncement upon the proposition or proposal that we have set forth, and we desire to receive its loving embrace with an earnestly concern-filled heart. All of creation was desperate for the culmination of God’s unending faithfulness to it that was given full and absolute expression in Jesus; so, He was that total Yes who answered the unending question of How and When as it came to waiting out God’s timing in setting His desired restoration of this creation into unstoppable motion. A baby’s cry of entrance into the world was the utterance of every Yes that people had ever desired to hear from God.

 

Now we can respond to God’s gift of salvation and restoration with our own cry in agreement. The Amen that we shout forth is an expression of our agreement with the grace, mercy, and acceptance that God has poured out upon us in Christ. God gives each of us the opportunity to know Him and also the right to choose acceptance of His offer of new life or not. We are free to make that decision, and we are allowed to make it at any time during life up until that final breath passes out of our lungs and the eternity of our choosing becomes the new place of dwelling for our souls. Although our No’s in response to His inquiry saddens God, He is also relentless in His pursuit of us with His gift of grace and the eternal life that comes with it.

 

Just as God offers much in His granting to us of His Yes in Christ, there is also much more to our expression of agreement with God than just a singular Amen. Christ fulfills God’s promise of newness and renewal for our souls, hearts, and minds, and His Spirit remains with us for every moment of the days that we have to live out God’s purposes for us in this life. The Lord’s Yes of approval and acceptance is given to our unceasing questions throughout all of the minutes and hours of those days. Christ sends us out to be both a reminder of that Yes in our world and also to act out its loving grace in the lives of the people who we encounter. So, the conduct of our lives that is played out in response to Christ’s Yes and relationship with Him becomes our shout of Amen to the glory of the Lord.

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