As I write my rector’s blog today, I have a question turning over in my mind: How desperate am I (are you) for the Lord – to really know Him, to be known by Him, and to be one with His will, heart and mind? I can put it another way, “Do I (you) really need Jesus?”
If Jesus looked for the answer to these questions, in the time I spent with Him in His Word and prayer, how often I frequented His House for worship, how regularly I fellowshipped with the Body of Christ, how committed I was to serving Him through His Church, and how faithful I was in the giving of my tithes and offerings to His storehouse (His Church), what would that answer be? Would my infrequent-ness, my lackluster-ness, my fickleness, my half- heartedness in my relationship with Him, give Him the message that I am not really desperate for Him, and that I don’t really need Him?
The Psalmist expresses what Jesus would love our answer to be – not only on our lips but in the witness of our lives: As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? (Psalm 42:1) and again: You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek You; I thirst for You, my whole being longs for You, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1) and still more: How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God… Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. (Psalm 84:1-2,10).
I believe the Psalmist would be saying to believers today, “If you are really desperate for the Lord, if you really need Him, then use very opportunity you get to be in His presence, to worship in His house, to fellowship with fellow believers, to grow in your relationship with Him.” The Bible tells us that we are without excuse (Romans 1:20). We have so many opportunities to attend bible studies, Christian courses, worship services, cell groups; we have every Christian resource and means to grow in our relationship with Jesus.
The greatest threat to Christianity in the West is lacklustre Christianity. Christians who have lost their passion for Jesus and who are no longer desperate for Him. If you find yourself in that place ask the Lord, by His Holy Spirit, to renew your first love for Him; ask the Holy Spirit to awaken in you a renewed hunger and passion for the Lord and His name.
For those who heed this warning today, the Lord promises this in His Word: You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13). You certainly won’t be disappointed!
Bless you all