“I spread out my hands to You;
My soul longs
for You like a thirsty land…” Psalm 143:6
“Yes, God is calling me closer,” a sweet, lovely and gentle, beautiful woman I know communicated with me one day.
I had reached out to her with these words:
“Do you sense the Lord is leading you back to Himself, and to deepen your trust in Him, to let go of some things, and to make a greater commitment to Him than you’ve ever made?” I had felt led to ask her.
What a real, raw, honest, and precious answer she had given me. She sensed God calling her closer!
My friend, how many of us I wonder need to get honest like this? To acknowledge the Spirit of God is calling us to Himself? And not merely calling us, but calling us closer – and closer still? Because we have never turned from our sins and received Christ as Lord whereby we have genuinely committed our lives to God and His ways? Or because we were once close to the Lord but have drifted away? Or because we made an initial commitment but never really followed through? Or for any other reason?
Intimacy with Jesus isn’t up to the Lord. It’s up to us! He created us to be in His forever presence, and we can only be in His intimate fellowship when we repent and turn to Christ as Lord in the first place. But this is not the finish line. It’s but the beginning. If we desire intimacy with the Lord, we need to be humble, faithful, loyal, dedicated, devoted, consciously committed, honoring, reverent followers of His. We need to draw close and closer to the Lord!
Jesus wants us in His forever intimate presence. But when He calls us close, and closer, and closer still, how will we answer?
Oh, may we come running into the presence of the Lord and draw ever, ever, forever closer to the Lord! May we hunger and thirst for Jesus and for more of Jesus still, oh, yes, may it be so!