03 Jan “Shake It Up” by Johnathan Moore
Okay, let’s be honest, how many of you thought of the Taylor Swift song when you saw the title? Or maybe it’s just me because I always thought the words were “shake it up”, not “shake it off” until I wrote this blog, but anyway… The title is just the words I was looking for when I thought about my past year, and I’m sure many of you can relate for similar or different reasons. As Pastor Dave preached this Christmas Eve, Jesus really did come to shake not only the world as we know it up, but also our souls.
How many times in our lives have we felt like we are lost in the world, even when we accomplished all of our worldly goals? I know personally it’s happened to me many times (yes, it even happens to the PK’s-pastors kids). Whether its our circumstances or the things we’re ashamed of, we sometimes feel like there is no way God could still love us or want to use us. Yet the thing is, this is exactly who Jesus came to the Earth for! Jesus states this clearly in the Bible when He answers the Pharisees, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” (Luke 5:31) Later in the book of Luke, Jesus emphasizes this again when he proclaims, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost” (Luke 19:10).
Jesus knows we are lost without Him. He does not want you to try and fix yourself on your own, because it is impossible without Him! A lot of times we feel like we need to change who we are before we come to church or get closer with Jesus, but in reality, Jesus wants you to come just as you are! Sometimes we put God so far to a distance that we forget He really does want a personal relationship with us, and through that relationship He will mold and shape us into exactly who He wants us to be! While many of us might be afraid of things that we have to let go of if we do develop a relationship with Him, I can guarantee you from my personal experience (and from the Bible, more importantly) that the joy and peace God brings us when we accept Jesus into our heart and allow Him to guide our lives by far surpasses any kind of temporary satisfaction we will find in the things of this world.
Jesus did not come to just change your situation, but He came to change your heart; because once He changes your heart, you’ll have peace and joy no matter the situation! Jesus really does want to shake your world up no matter what stage in life you are at, so let Him!