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Wilbur Washington

READ : 2 Corinthians 6:1-13


She was a young woman, an unknown but exquisite soloist. Her complexion was like the best of polished mahogany and her voice was as warm, rich and colorful as royal velvet. The accompanist played several bars and she resumed singing: “Oh, when I come to die . . . Give me Jesus.” The gifted artist was giving to her audience a prize that she had received from her people – “Give me Jesus.” Some learn the joy of accepting Jesus late in life. They have known ordinary living for so long that they must be overwhelmed by the extraordinary life that comes when Jesus is given control. Too often though, I have heard their lament, “Why did I wait so long? Why?”

All too often our desires keep us from accepting the lordship of Christ. Convinced that we can do it better for ourselves, we are reluctant to let anyone help. Sometimes we can only exchange the old life for the new when we face an impossibility. It is then that we discover the wisdom in the soloist’s song: “You can have all this world. Give me Jesus.” In Him there is love, the treasure that we all seek. In Jesus, nothing can separate us from God’s love.

Please answer for yourself the following questions: When you are really loved, what more do you need? When you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God loves you, what more can you hope for?


Dear Jesus, open my heart to receive You and Your love that surrounds me. Amen.