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#John3 - You Can Get to the Point with Jesus!

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Have you ever initiated or been a willing, or maybe not so willing participant in a conversation that seemed to not get to the point soon enough?  The kind of conversation that goes on and on and on and on and on... kind of like I am doing with this sentence and in your head, you know that you or the person with whom you are conversing is straight beating around the bush.  You begin to think: Will you just make your point already OR would you at least not pretend that what you just said is relevant to the primary topic of discussion that is on your mind?  I have been on both sides.  I have initiated conversations  in which I did not want to get straight to the point.  I wanted both of us to do the mental gymnastics necessary to finally stick the landing.  I have also felt minor frustration [rolls eyes] with people who invite me into the same kind of conversations.

Why do we do this?
Why do we just not get to the point of whatever it is that is on our mind?  
Why must we play these intellectual, emotional, and sometimes even childish games instead of just saying whatever it is that we want to say?

Well, great questions, Delesslyn! LOL!
I ask you even as I ask myself these very questions.  I know that my answers include fear of how the other person might react, embarrassment due to the details that I might need to disclose about myself, caution because you know a little background of the other person in the conversation, hesitant because you really do not want to have this conversation in the first place... and probably many other reasons/excuses for not getting straight to the point.

In our verses for today, Nicodemus, a well respected Pharisee and legal scholar of his day attempted to initiate the same kind of conversation with Jesus in John 3.

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a Jewish leader.  He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could do these miraculous signs that you do unless God is with him.”

OK. This initial greeting seems innocent, cordial, highly complimentary on Nicodemus' part.  If any of us heard it, we might say, Thank You.  Or because we know a little about the background of the person who begins with such words AND we are clear about the current status of our relationship, we might say, Thank You, but think - What do you want?

Here is Jesus first response to Nicodemus.

 Jesus answered, “I assure you, unless someone is born anew, it’s not possible to see God’s kingdom.”

Wait. What?  No Thank Yous here.  Jesus is so wise and discerning that he cuts straight through the cloud of compliments to get to the heart of the matter and the conversation continues from there.  But before we further explore the content of their conversation, I wanted to pause here today to remind us of how important it is for us to STOP beating around the bush when it comes to everything concerning our relationship with the Lord.  Friends, you can get straight to the point with Jesus!

There is such freedom in knowing that you can talk to Jesus about anything you fear or that you are embarrassed about and Jesus will listen.  You can just jump right in because BE CLEAR, He knows it ALL anyway!  Why do we leave certain people, places, decisions, dreams, struggles, or sins out of our conversations with the Lord?  Maybe we feel like if we put on a front with our words Jesus will completely ignore every other detail of our life or our heart's true condition.  Well, my friend, GET OVER IT and get to the point!  Maybe I need to say this again.  JESUS KNOWS IT ALL!

Jesus knows it all AND He loves you anyway!
Jesus knows it all AND He loves you anyway!
Jesus knows it all AND He loves you anyway!

Now, you might have to dump a load of meaningless dialogue on someone else before you get to the point with them but with Jesus, head straight there!  You do not have to fix it up or make it pretty or save it for a better day when you are more comfortable or more forgiving or more in control of the situation or more this or that.  Just get to the point with Jesus!  Get to the point so Jesus can then point you in the right direction.

When Nicodemus came with all those words of flattery, Jesus saw straight through the fluff.  He basically said, 'Nick, it is late so let me save us both some time.'  After Jesus cuts straight to the heart of Nicodemus, the conversation continues and we will explore those details in coming blogs.  Today, I just really want to encourage you to get to the point with Jesus!  When you beat around the bush, you are delaying your own pointed sense of direction that the Lord can give you...or has already given you.  The Lord is not looking to play games with any of us.  He desires that all of us have life and have it more abundantly.  So, get to the point and our Lord will definitely guide your life and your heart to whatever point it needs to be.

Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!

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