“Go home to your friends and tell them the great things the Lord has done.” (Mark 5:19).
There is a place called Grace. I have been there many, many times and have seen great and wondrous things. “Go home to your friends,” Jesus said, “and tell them the great things the Lord has done” (Mark.5:19). So I am here offering you an invitation to come with me to this place called Grace, and to discover for yourself the great things the Lord has done for you.
First of all, no need to pack a lot for this trip. In fact, the less you pack the better. I’ve seen some people try to make the trip with so many bags of stuff that they simply can’t go the distance. They are weighed down with this or that – you know, things like opinions, attitudes, pre-suppositions, cherished nonsense and unchallenged beliefs. I’ve never seen too many of them make it very far. Their “stuff” gets in their way.
I read once that the mind and heart are like a parachute – they only function when open. So open up and let the wind of God fill your heart and mind with His Word. You are about to experience dramatic change in your life.
Baggage – the less you have the better off you will be on this journey.
And, secondly, you do not need to dress up for this trip. Come as you are. The Lord loves each one of us always, but He especially delights when we are unpainted, unstained, unvarnished and unclaimed by this world. You need not try to be someone you are not, nor try to impress others with who you suppose they want you to be. Come as you are. Whatever changes are needed to be made, the Lord will take care of all that along the way.
The third thing you need to know and prepare for is that this journey is gong to take some time. This will not be a quick run to the convenience store; nor even a midday excursion to the nearby super-store where we can pick up a bunch of stuff at discount prices all in one stop.
No, this trip is going to take some time and will require a commitment on your part to stay the course. There are a lot of stops all along the way, loaded with plenty of distractions that will cause you more than once to ponder turning aside. It’s a free world, and you can turn back, turn aside, or stop anywhere and anytime you want.
But don’t. Instead, stay the course until we reach this place called Grace. It will be worth it, and you will be so glad that you made the effort and paid the price.
Alright, then; with all that said — We leave first thing in the morning.