From: David Kabanje
Date: February 8
Subject: GMU: Cling to Jesus

Cling to Jesus

Beautiful People, 

Here is a crazy thought: you have encountered an angel at some point in your life. When I was younger, I watched Touched by an Angel. This show spiked a curiosity into these divine creatures we call angels! I wanted a special encounter with an angelic being. As I grew older, that desire was stifled by doubt until I realized that Jesus was pursuing me wholeheartedly. Why settle for an angelic experience when you can have Jesus! Jesus is captivating. Jesus is life. There is a blessing to be had when we make Jesus the focal point of our narratives.

As Jacob wrestled with God in the wilderness, his narrative transformed. “Let me go, for it is daybreak,” God said. But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Look where Jacob’s narrative has brought him. We started this journey with Jacob as a deceiver, a man that thought his resources were adequate to obtain his father’s blessing. 

Look at him now, a humble man trusting wholly on God’s provisions. He would not continue his journey without the blessing from His Heavenly Father, a blessing that no man could take away. Look how God molded this man and how Jacob responded by surrendering his story by not letting God go! Jacob’s narrative changed because he decided to cling to Jesus. “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome” (Genesis 32:28). Instead of letting his history dictate his narrative, Jacob clung to Jesus and received a new name and approach to life. Friends, our stories are important and full of beautiful and hurtful elements. Jesus wants your story. The Devil’s goal is to steal, kill, and destroy our narratives; however, Jesus has come to bring our narratives back to life. My prayer for us today is to cling to Jesus, cling to Life, and allow our narratives to be written by the author and finisher of faith.