Staying near!

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10 (NLT)

We have a crazy awesome dog! Her name is Jade, whom we got as a rescue when she literally fit into my hand! She is a mix of something like an Ibizan Hound, a Whippet, and something else. Besides looking pretty cool, what sets her apart is her personality. She is gentle, obedient (most the time), lovable and always, and I’ll emphasis that, ALWAYS wants to be with us, even if she is uncomfortable where we go! As I saw her one morning at the top of our stairs just waiting for me to invite her to join me, I got the impression that Jesus enjoys us when we just can’t get enough of Him! Jesus enjoys His lovesick worshipers, who just come and sit at His feet.

When Jesus came into Bethany, while Martha frantically prepared a meal for Jesus and company. Mary, her sister, sat at His feet listening to every word He spoke. Martha complained about her lack of help with the meal, Jesus replied, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42). Jesus is still looking for those who will come, sit at His feet, and listening to every word He speaks. The work can become a distraction from the more important thing, intimacy with Jesus! Even in an hour where there is so much need, so much ministry opportunity, Jesus says, “Come sit with Me!”

Ask the Lord to show you any place where you have lost your first love for Him (Revelation 2:4). Ask Him to reignite your flame of passionate love for Him. Ask Him to awaken your desire to just sit at His feet, listening to His voice and obeying as He commands (John10:27). Ask Him to do the same thing in your pastor, that he would be willing to sit and be still before God, even when there are pressing matters to attend to, like preparing a sermon. Ask the Holy Spirit to breathe on your pastor and inspire him with fresh manna to feed your congregation. Pray that pastors across our city would be revived in a new intimate love for Jesus that will permeate through everything they do!