The presence of God transforms! Do you drink it in or wonder where it is? Is the presence of God a moment-by-moment awareness for you—or an illusionary concept? Would you be surprised to know His presence is not always in a Church…or that the Living Word can be void of vitality? In Acts 17, Paul spoke to those who worshiped without life:
“…so that they might look for God, somehow reach for him, and find him. Of course, he is never far from any one of us. For we live, move, and exist because of him, as some of your own poets have said: ‘For we are his children, too.’” (verses 27 and 28)
It is not the heartbeat of God to have lifeless worship. He longs for you to enjoy His presence because He wants to enjoy yours. Are you weary of life? If you are, spend time with LIFE and enjoy the abundance. Without His presence, life drains the strongest. That is right and good, for God never intended that we would live this life on our own!
His Word and the Church are tools the Spirit uses to help us know what God is like…so that we can recognize His
presence. Like those in Athens, though, sometimes we mistake the tools for the Truth. Time in the Word and time with believers are necessities in the life of a Christian…but they are not Life itself.
The echo of hearts crying, “Is this all there is?” beats at the doors of heaven. “There is so much more!” calls the Father. “Come, walk in the light.” And to those of us who walk in His light, the great commission still stands: “Go, make disciples.” Our grand purpose in life is to live in the Light of the love of the Father and help others do the same. He longs for us to bring his light to a world covered in shadows so others may know He lives!
Those shadows conceal treasures…treasures of darkness only children of the Light can unearth. Without the Light, the shadows terrify. The shadows cause those in the dark to trip and fall prey to the lies of the enemy. Jesus, the Light of the World, reveals the snares and the beauties shrouded in darkness. When we spend time in the light, we absorb light and can be a lamp for others. We are called to be servants! Let’s take light into the shadows, light that exposes the pits, expels the evil and unearths precious gems!
What shadows will you illuminate today? Can we stand with you in prayer?
If you struggle to enter the presence of God, some thoughts and tips can be found here.