The above question was posed by my college-aged daughter when asked if she wanted to have pizza with her mom, brother, and me yesterday. My one word response, "Moira".
You see, Moira has discovered in the past year or so that she has a gluten issue. She would say no to pizza, or at least she would ask if there was a gluten-free alternative being served. So, yeah, she would say no to regular restaurant pizza.
And that got me to thinking. A question I have often asked is: "Who would say no to the love and grace of a heavenly Father?!" A lot of people, that's who. And it isn't just one "issue" that keeps them from saying yes.
Even while Jesus was on earth, people said no to Him. There was a rich, young man who turned away from Jesus when he was told he needed to sell all he had and give it to the poor. His possessions and wealth were too important to him to give up.
There were the thousands of people who were miraculously fed by Jesus and then turned away when He told them that He was not there to satisfy the hunger in their bellies, but the hunger in their souls.
There were the Jewish leaders who could not see that Jesus was the promised Messiah, and instead had Him crucified.
There are still those today who cannot give up what they cannot keep to gain what they cannot lose. Like so many in the Bible, they walked away because they thought it would cost too much. Paul stated it this way:
"I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes." (Romans 1:16)
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18)
The gospel message, the message of the cross, "is the power of God." Nothing in all the world can make me say "No" to that. And like Darby, I say, "Who would say no to that?!"
Unfortunately, too many. Pray for those that they would leave behind what holds them back, and "call on the name of the Lord." And be faithful to shine your light and unashamedly share the gospel message.