To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Hebrews 13:1-8 (NIVUK): ”Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are ill-treated as if you yourselves were suffering.
Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.”
Selwyn introduces this study with these words: “Today we begin a series of meditations in which we consider how we can experience God’s presence in our lives more fully.
Right away it has to be said that some Christians are deeply suspicious of any emphasis on experiencing God. They regard putting emphasis on experience as spiritually dangerous on the grounds that it is likely to cause people to rely more on experience than on the written Word.
There is, of course, a danger that we will become more interested in experiences than in getting to know God through His Word, but a well-balanced, mature Christian will know God in both ways.”
I agree with what Selwyn has said – a mature Christian will know God both through His Word and by being aware of God’s presence in their lives.
In fact, I think that all followers of Jesus should experience God’s presence in their lives. Our role is to make God known to a world that is in desperate need of salvation through the redemptive death of Jesus on the cross. The good news about Jesus’ death and resurrection is that He has enabled mankind to have an ongoing relationship with God; the barrier caused by sin has been removed for those who believe in Jesus.
To know God and to be known by Him is demonstrated by our ability to experience His presence in our lives. Do you agree?