2 Peter 3:11-18
Years ago my grandfather lived in Gooding, Idaho. He was in high school at the time. There was a revival meeting going on in their town and my great grandmother took him to it. While there, my grandfather decided to follow Jesus. The preacher said they should go check out the Nazarene Church and learn more about Jesus.
My grandfather went on to be a Nazarene pastor and dedicated his life to it. He had 11 kids and pastored in places all over Oregon and up in Alaska.
The decision of my grandfather to follow Jesus completely changed my family name forever. The shape, identity, and focus for him became Jesus for his family and for those around him. His yes has significantly shaped where I find myself both as a follower of Jesus and in vocation. I carry the same drive and focus to carry on for my children as well.
This text is an incredible look at the lineage of Jesus. Ruth, a Moabite woman who had been widowed has a connection with Boaz, a landowner who leaves grain for her in her state. Their connection eventually leads to a marriage and a son born by the name of Obed (which means “one who serves”).
Obed becomes the father of Jesse and Jesse is the father of King David. Eventually Jesus is born and in this particular lineage. You can read about it in Matthew 1. The yes by Ruth and Boaz sets the trajectory toward the birth of the Messiah. Everything is different.
During this advent season as we reflect internally on this, we can recognize the powerful transformation that takes place when we say yes to the way of Jesus who is coming. We can also recognize the life altering this may mean in our family line. It can be easy to just assume life is meant to be dealt with as it comes. While this may be true, as followers of Jesus we have the opportunity to embrace our responses as the people of God. Your yes, my yes, and our yes together can make the difference in a world desperate for hope and light in a dark world.
Perhaps during this season you are hungering for hope. You can say yes to Jesus for the first time or again.
You are loved.
Questions to Consider or Discuss as a Family
- Is there someone in your family that you think has contributed significantly to your experience of knowing Jesus?
- Why can a “yes” to Jesus be difficult in a world with so many other invitations for “yesses?”
- The status of Ruth was low. She was a widow with no kids and her future was one filled with little hope. What does her situation say about how God operates?
- Activity: Try to do some research and discover who in your family is responsible for the legacy of faith. Record that story in audio or write it down as a gift to be shared.
- Prayer: Lord a yes to you can make all the difference not only in my life, but in the lives of those you place closest to me. Give me grace when I divert my attention to other “yesses” that seem more appealing. I ask you to solidify more an more in my the power at work in my life when I say “yes” to you. Help my life to be a legacy of faith for others to experience. Amen.