Christ-followers can do much more than “only imagine” Jesus’ presence. We can experience His presence throughout the day!
Christians like to quote half a verse: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” Unfortunately, they usually leave out the last part of that verse: “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.”
If you’re a Christian and are unaware of Christ’s presence, guess who hid from the Spirit’s revelation? You got rigid and you did!
I think we humans often over-expect when it comes to God’s voice and His presence, like Elijah did in the cave. He expected to hear God’s voice in the earthquake, wind, and fire, but he didn’t. Then he “heard” the “still, small voice” in his heart. I’ve found that my awareness of God comes most when I’m quiet and trying to notice God’s “voice” and activity within me instead of outside of me.
Cold hearts filled with competition, alienation, and anger create most of humanity’s problems. Don’t let your heart be one of them! Christ’s compassion in a human heart is like water to a sponge, without it the heart gets hard and brittle.
Humans look alike–nose, arms, ears, and legs–it’s easy to recognize a fellow human. Look closely and you’ll see the image of God in them.
Christians are called to be fluid and to flow with the living Jesus, but also to be rigid and to our resist ungodly desires. We all have desires and feelings that we didn’t choose, but we don’t have to let them abuse or use us. We can fight against them and follow the living Jesus instead.
When church is rigid, Christians languish in religious routine, and they can “only imagine” Jesus. When it’s fluid and Spirit-directed they can learn to flow with the living Jesus throughout the day.
Anybody can be rigid
And tell the risen Jesus no.
It takes courage to be fluid
And to go with His caring flow.
And not allow
Christ’s compassion in your heart
Is to miss how
Humans can be inwardly connected.
I can do
So much more
Than “only imagine” Jesus.
I can walk by His side
All day long today!