I am so grateful that our Father, through Jesus Christ has brought us back into a relationship with Him. That we no longer are to live apart from the one whom we were created for and deeply long for. Whether we recongnize Him as the fulfillment of that need or not, God is what each one of us desire to live intamitly with. For we are not seeking a place but rather someone. We seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that we can come back into unity/oneness with the Father through Jesus Christ.
The most beautiful thing is we are not to be work oriented people for His Kingdom but embrace a relationship with Abba. For I often fall into that trap, I try to be doing work for Him, running around trying to complete tasks instead of embracing and resting in His presence. I try to become busy doing the right thing, rather than just getting to know God and being perfected through just immersing myself in Him. For what we worship and obey is who we reveal through our lives and chacter. Who or what we spend more of our time with, rubs off on us. For we must see that a servant feels that obtain favor because of what they do, but through a friendship we obtain favor by relationship. For a servants goals are focuse on completing the task where a friends goal has to do with others hearts and thoughts; caring more about who they are than what we can get from them.
By seeing ourselves just as servants rather then friends of God, it brings us into a lifestyle of discipline rather than passion for Him. May we learn the intamicy and dependance on the Holy Spirit through friendship. May we build an intamcy with God that is not based on Him using us just in ministry-for if we are His, we will be used for ministry regardless if we seek it or not. But if we just seek ministry rather than intmicy with Him, we miss the fullness of embracing His presence throughout every aspect of our lives. For just as Mary and Martha, Mary knew the beauty of intamicy with Jesus. She knew the importance of sitting at His feet and listening to Him, getting to know Him deeper. Hearing what He longs for, His desires, knowing His voice and feeling His love. Sometimes we can get so busy for Him, that we miss what Jesus truly came for. To restore us back into a relationship with God, with ourselves, with others and with creation. Jesus came to restore the Garden of Eden, the place of intamicy with God. A place where we could walk in communion with Him at all times, a place where we were doing His work but enjoying the beauty of His presence. May we come to see that, that relationship has been restored to us. Are you willing to take the time to come back into that through the Holy Spirit?
Our connection with obedience to the Holy Spirit is vital, for we are to come into one with Him. Come to know the heart beat of the Lord and do what we see Him doing in His Kingdom, to speak what He is asking us to say. For when we come into a relationship with the Lord, our motives move from what He can do for us, to how can we do this together. Our prayers turn from Lord do this or give me that into Lord may your will be done through my life as we walk it together.
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:1-3
May we not seek the Lord simply because of His promises or blessings but may we seek Him for who He is. May we not seek a relationship with Him to win favor from those being around us, but with a genuine heart. For when we come to know God so deeply, we come to know ourselves. For if we were created in His image, without Him we lose our identity but when coming back into oneness with Him, we are coming back into who we were created to be; men and women filled with His Holy Spirit. For when we accept the indwelling life of Christ in us, we can choose whether to embrace His fullness and manifestation within us. Taking on His character and ways or we can limit Him to what we expect from Him, to what we want from this life rather than what He wants to do through us. For it is not about us, but about His will being completed through us.
My heart’s deepest desire is that I would know Abba above all else. That I would have more of Him above riches or pleasures that come from Him. For when we seek His face, and His presence…all else will be lavished on us as we come into a life filled with all of who He is.
“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15
“Heavenly Father, I ask that you may reveal to each of us our hearts. Our motives and where our desires lie. I pray that we may let go of everything that is selfish or prideful and that we will step into a deeper relationship with you. That we will come before you as friends, willing to know you from the depths of our hearts rather then knowing you just in our minds. Father may we seek you above all that you offer us. Take us deeper Lord, May we know you so intimatley and walk with you through every moment of our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.”