“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought up close and personal by the blood of Jesus Christ!” Ephesians 2:13-14
Most of us are in to in! We like to get into ourselves – what we like, what we want, what will make us happy and the list could go on and on and on! But what we need to do is get into Jesus! Now before you go running off – thinking I really don’t need any more of this spiritual stuff, stop and think about it for just a minute!
We get so into ourselves and what will make us happy, but seem to always be chasing after something that we can never catch! Could it be that we have been chasing after the wrong thing? Could a relationship with Jesus, a real, meaningful and life changing relationship with Jesus – could this be the thing that we need to seriously consider!
When you stop for a minute and think about it – the reason that we are so into ourselves is because we are looking for fulfillment. Fulfillment comes when our life gets near to the place that it needs to be – wherever or whoever that is! Could it be that this place where our lives need to be, is in a real relationship with Jesus? I’m not talking about the “come to church and pretend that everything is perfect” kind of relationship! I’m talking about a relationship where I admit that I can’t, believe that He has and will for me if I will let Him! I’m talking about the kind of relationship where I realize that it’s not about being perfect, but forgiven!
In Christ Jesus -I am brought up close and personal! I used to live far away from the blessings of rightness! But now through my real relationship with Jesus I am brought up close and personal – how amazing is that? Stop trying to make things happen and take some time to enjoy what Jesus has already done for you. What might really surprise you is: the place you are trying to be – you could already be at through your relationship with Him!
God started working on me a long time ago, and He has done some amazing things in my life of almost forty years, but in the last month, He has really started to change my heart, life, perception and outlook! I have always loved Jesus! Even before I entered into a personal relationship with Him. When I was just a young boy – I loved Him! But I am finding that the older I get, the more life experience allows me to see all that Jesus has gotten me through and is getting me through –growing me all along the way! This hindsight which provides insight motivates me to love Him more than I ever have before. I guess when I was young I took a lot on faith and for granted, but now after I have lived in a real and growing relationship with Christ for a while, I have discovered and actually had the opportunity to prove that His love, power, forgiveness and restoration are true! When I first entered into a relationship with Christ, I wanted to tell everybody, everywhere about what Jesus had just done for me by coming into my heart and forgiving me of all of my sins! As we grow in our relationship, I think we get used to the being forgiven and we may even take for granted His presence and work in our lives, but hopefully we don’t stay there! Hopefully, one day when things are not going as we think they should—we will open up our Bible—His Words and read about Him and how awesome He is! And hopefully that will stir up some old feelings that cause us to do more than love! Hopefully that will stir up some feelings that cause us in our love to do some totally crazy and unexplainable things for His glory! Love will make you do some crazy things! And that’s one of the things that is so cool about love! When was the last time you allowed your love for the One who loved you with such an incredible love to cause you to be crazy for Him? I am not sure how many years I have left! I hope that it’s a bunch, but if it’s not that’s okay! I just want to take whatever years I have left and be a freak for Jesus! I want my life here on this earth to be radically different for and because of Him! In the days ahead, I hope that people will talk about me! I hope they will say I am crazy, that I’ve lost my mind, because the truth is: I have not lost my mind, but I have found my heart and it belongs to Jesus and that changes everything! Please join me this month as we pursue a closer walk and relationship with Jesus. He will Baptize Us Into Craziness! Enable us to send Temptation Into A Tail-Spin! Give us lives that Preach With Passion! Continue to Call Us Into Insanity! And take us on a Healing Head Trip! It is my prayer that He will help each of us to become a little more of a freak for Him! Let’s grow in our faithfulness and get people talking about the crazy people that are willing to give their all for Jesus and His glory! I love Him and I love you and hope we can become freaks for Him! God Bless & Freak Out!
This past Thursday evening through Friday morning, I had the opportunity to spend some real meaningful time with the Lord. I did not get to far away from home, but I got far enough that I did not have any of the usual distractions! During this time – God took me back to when I first began to understand and deal with His call upon my life to serve Him as a Minister of the Gospel. It was great to travel back to that time and remember the fear and the faith that was walking me through it! God reminded me of some things about His calling upon my life!
He reminded me that I speak representing the very voice of God Himself! Every time I open my mouth something could and should happen. I have a choice to make – I can communicate with my mouth or with my heart. I decided to go back and find my heart! It’s not that I’ve lost it, it is really still where it has always been. I have just recently discovered that years of serving in ministry has caused it to be covered over and coated with a lot of well intentioned, but misinformed and inappropriate agendas that were provided by some of my brothers and sisters in Christ!
God has chosen through the foolishness of preaching to confound the wise and to save the world. God has blessed me with a calling to preach His Word! I represent Him because I know Him and He knows me and somewhere a long the way, He put something in me that He wanted to use to share Him during this time and at this place! I don’t know what I would do, if I could not preach and teach about our amazing God and the incredible blessings that come from having and growing in a real relationship with Him!
It would be a great tragedy to have bottled up inside of yourself a message from the Creator and Sustainer of life and not be able to get that out. I am thankful to God for His calling and for giving me the gifts to fulfill His calling upon my life! I am thankful for Northwood and Ridgewood Partnership and the opportunities that they afford me to do the thing that God has called and gifted me to do! I am thankful for my family who support me, my brothers and sisters in Christ who encourage me and for any and every occasion that I have to share the amazing truths of an amazing God who has an amazing plan for our lives!
I hope you will find some special time with God this week and allow it to change your heart and life!