It is my observation that a relationship with Jesus is very natural – very cyclical – and very simple.
Jesus doesn’t look at us the way others do. People look at what they see – Jesus sees the heart of man.
A human tends to overthink a relationship with this Almighty King. We overanalyze Him. Not to take away from his complexity and depth, but he is much more simple than we realize.
Jesus desires to be with us – yes, he desires us to follow the commands of his Word – but I believe it is the heart of Jesus that we are to know, even more so than his rules.
I believe that the human cannot follow a command purely. No matter how hard he or she tries. I believe that any good work we do comes from becoming like Christ – which comes from simply being in his presence.
More than he desires to teach us something, more than he desires for us to become a better person, more than he desires for us to “do good”, he desires to be with us.
At Christmas, we celebrate the “Immanuel.” It means “God with us.” We celebrate not only the fact that he came, but we also celebrate the idea of his coming. Because for the first time since the Garden, God is with us. This should be celebrated every morning and every night. Every second of every day. Not just once a year. It is that big of a deal. We finally have the capacity to house his spirit inside of us.
I encourage you to think less of what good you can do and pray more that your heart will desire to be with the King – to spend time with him, seeking him through his word, learning his heart, and growing closer to him. This is where the transformation from the “old self” to “new creation” begins – at the heart of Jesus.
This is something I am learning. It is very natural and very simple. Kindness, Wisdom, and Love are not characteristics that humans are able to obtain. They are characteristics of a heart that has been in the presence of Jesus.
So open the door. He is waiting to dine with you – to eat with you. He takes delight simply in being with you.
“The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
He will quiet you by his love;
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.”
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”