To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
January/February 2016 Issue – Alive, ‘… because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ’ Ephesians 2:4-5
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Revelation 1:1-8 (NIVUK): “The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw – that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
John – To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father – to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
‘Look, he is coming with the clouds,’ and ‘every eye will see him, even those who pierced him’; and all peoples on earth ‘will mourn because of him.’ So shall it be! Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’”
Selwyn writes: “We focus now on what we have to do in order to bring our personalities back into correspondence with the divine design and thus ensure that our souls do more than survive, but thrive.
First, acknowledge that you are a longing being and that your longings can never be fully satisfied except in a deep ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ. … Our desire to know God and enjoy Him depends on how aware we are of our thirst for Him.
Are you passionate about Jesus? Does He fill and thrill your soul to the exclusion of all else?”
The first and greatest commandment is to love Jesus with all your heart, mind, strength and soul. If we do not passionately love Jesus with words and actions, expressed through the way we live our lives – then what sort of relationship with God do we have?
Perhaps, a measure of our passion for Jesus can be seen in the number of times a day that we talk to Him; either to praise Him for what He has done or to seek His assistance in dealing with a difficult issue. Constant communication is a solid foundation for any relationship – do you agree?