Yes and Amen
“For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Si-las and Timothy, was not ‘Yes’ and ‘No,’ but in him it has always been ‘Yes.’ For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:19-20, NIV)
Understanding and agreement are powerful. Boards of Directors aim for understanding and agreement to oversee daily operations and guide the complex process of company mergers or acquisitions. Executives and managers aim for understanding and agreement from employees on profitability, production, quality, and safety goals and objectives. Supervisors aim for understanding and agreement on work assignments, schedules and priorities. Employees aim for understanding and agreement with each other so they can work as a team and meet expectations placed on them by supervisors.
In these verses, Paul urges us to add “Amen” to Jesus’ “Yes.” With Jesus the answer was always “Yes.” He never wavered or said, “Maybe.” He never said “Yes,” when He meant “No.” He never hesitated to say “Yes” and perform God’s will. He never said, “I’m too busy. Sorry, I have to go, I’m running late.” To the lost, sick, blind, lame, hungry, poor, and needy, Jesus always says “Yes.”
Are you in the habit of saying “Yes” to every prompting from the Holy Spirit? Are you learning to imitate Jesus by looking for the needy wherever you go? Do you stop to give encouragement, comfort or prayer to total strangers? Do you seek opportunities to add “Amen” to every “Yes?”
What does “Amen” really mean? Is it simply “That’s it, end of the sermon or prayer?” It’s important to understand that it means “It is so; so be it.” We’re expressing agreement with God and each other when we say “Amen.” Child of God, I encourage you to ask God to show you the “Yes and Amen” moments in your life. Say “Yes and Amen” to God’s will for your life. Like Jesus, always say “Yes” to God, and end your conversations with a loud “Amen.”
Lord, thank you for your Word. Jesus, teach me to be like you in all I do and speak, “Yes, and Amen,” to the Holy Spirit that I may honor and glorify you. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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