Don’t miss it.
Don’t miss him.
When you leave the empty tomb, don’t go about this world expecting to see a someone or something that looks exactly like him.
He might be living through the person you are looking at, but don’t forget that person is human. A sinful broken heart trying to find him just like you are.
Don’t be tempted to let a person besides Jesus fill your empty heart.
Don’t get me wrong. We need each other. We depend on help from fellow believers. We are all fighting in the world, and trying to hear his clear voice amidst the chaos. And sometimes we interpret things differently. And sometimes we think we hear the right voice, only to find out it was the wrong one.
Don’t close your mind to thinking he can only be present in one setting.
One generation says “this is the best way to talk about him”; another says “this is the best”.
Is it possible, believers? That he can be found in both? Tugging at hearts in different ways? Different locations? Under the lighting of the church or the lighting of the darkest alleyway?
What matters is where you are. Are you walking with him? Your walk will not look like mine. There will be different rocks to stumble over. That’s the beauty of relationship. Mine will not look exactly like yours. What matters is: are you with him on the straight and narrow? Because “wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7
Don’t be tempted to fall into the trap of popular opinion. Guard your heart against the ways of the world. You are in it. Don’t become of it.
He’s not in the things OF this world, things created by mere human hands and by a devil who’s trying to steal the glory from the only one who deserves it. He lives in those who invite him in. Who set out to follow his path, not their own. The world won’t like you for it. In fact, Jesus prayed this prayer as quoted by John: “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”
Do you know him to the point where you can go reach the unloved and “filthy” people of this world and at the same time guard your own heart from becoming a part of it? How you do you stay connected to him so that doesn’t happen?
His word. His word. His word. Remember his prayer “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
And when you think you are deep enough, go deeper still.
Keep your eyes focused on the One. Not on the ones around you. If he says come, come, If he says go there, go. But keep in mind: the more you are open to him using you, the more the devil will try to stop you.
Don’t get caught up in approval from others, even other believers. Set your eyes on Jesus. Work with believers to further his kingdom. In a perfect world, we would see Jesus in each other and work together to further his kingdom regardless of preferences and opinion. But don’t be shocked when believers start to hate each other and look for the bad in each other, because the devil knows he can stir up dissension among brothers and sisters. He knows that is an easy way to distract you from the work you could be doing to spread the good news to all generations. He knows he can get you off the path by filling your mind with argumentative, judgmental thoughts that will only serve to tear down hearts and break up relationships that could have otherwise moved mountains together in his name.
Don’t miss him.
He’s not in a certain style of worship. He’s not in a certain dress. He’s not in a certain group of people.
He’s the still quiet voice saying, “Come, follow me. I have more for you than this world can offer.”
Can you hear it?
He’s in the heart of those who wish to glorify him when the audience is gone. When the Sunday School class is no more. When the internet and the media and all other platforms are gone. When the dirt is washed away and we all see clearly without the world clouding our vision, distracting us and making us lose precious time by telling us that it must be done a certain way. His is the only perfect way, and we do our best to stay on that path. When it’s all said and done, it will be you and Jesus standing there. There will be no peers to plead your case and say that you lived a good life. There will be no teacher standing beside you saying you got an A+ in their class.
Don’t miss him.
Don’t miss him while you’re wasting precious time trying to find your way in this crazy world.
The only certain way is Jesus.
Do you know him? Do you go behind closed doors and seek him? When no one is watching. When your heart is searching for him and him alone. Because your heart knows he is the only one who can satisfy.
Grow in Jesus. Love on the people He loves.
James tells us, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
Our loving God has a heart for the lost, the broken. Which includes you, friend. No matter where you are today, church or not.
And you know what? It includes me too. As I fight off the messages that the world is throwing at me, I will get up today and seek him and him alone.
And he is no longer in the tomb.