Informed Consent – Focus Scripture: Revelation 3:20
Life, in many ways, is like a research project. We, as researchers, try to control all the variables in an attempt to rule out the effects of chance. Those of us who have been around for some time realize that when humans are involved there are countless things that could interfere with the desired outcome. Nevertheless, we take note of the anticipated risks, and we proceed, having given our informed consent. Unfortunately, even with all the advance preparation, the outcomes of our life experiments often fail utterly.
Jesus, on the other hand, is the perfect researcher. Consider this: Jesus controls all the variables; he has stacked the deck against sin and death. He has controlled the treatment by giving his life on the cross. No elements of chance are involved in the project he conducts because the outcome has already been written before the foundation of the world! Jesus is also sensitive to our needs as human participants, for he has felt pain just as we have. Because he knows that we are uncertain and afraid, he has informed us exactly what he intends to do. Now he gives us a choice whether or not to participate. “Here I am!” He has said. “I stand at the door and knock.” And like the perfect researcher, Jesus still waits for us to give our informed consent!
Patient God, I am so grateful that Jesus does not give up on me. Amen.