I want you to imagine with me that God is nearer to you than the air that you breathe. That his presence resides even inside of you. That his love is attached to you and nothing can get it off of you. That God is doing what he wants done in you and around you. That your life, your little human life, is now hidden with Christ which is hidden in God. Can you imagine that?
More than imagining, you can experience these great promises of the Bible. Each one of these too good to be true imaginings come straight from scripture to our ears as believers. And if you experience these truths in your own life nothing will ever be the same. A.W Tozer says, “The instant cure of most of our religious ills would be to enter the Presence in spiritual experience, to become suddenly aware that we are in God and that God is in us.”
My desire to write some words in a blog each week is not to impress you or to champion some cause or to change your opinion. I want for you the same thing I want for myself – to be transformed by Christ and to inherit, even now, all that Christ has to offer us. As Tozer says, these kinds of experiences instantly cures us of our religious ills. You cannot put a price on an experience with God and the richness that brings.
So seek out these experiences. They happen most often in the practices of the Church – prayer, worship, service, giving but can happen through things we often do on our own such as silence, meditation, fasting, and solitude. This is the framework for God to do abundantly more than we ask or imagine.
This is the point of Growing Up; to be filled with Christ regularly so that your life exudes his kind of love, his kind of mercy, his kind of truth, his kind of faith, and his kind of life.
“Oh Lord, may it be more than just in my imagination. May this kind of life be a reality for me and all that read this. I know that you have the cure for our frustrated and discouraged life. Work in us now. Amen.”