Our journey of life is such that when we open our spiritual eyes we begin to see God at work all around us. David asks, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I make my bed in the depths you are there” (Psalm 139:7-8). God is all around us. He is at work in and through us and everything in life if we will simply have eyes that see. I believe this is a crucial part of faith. And maybe where mature faith comes in? Because faith that is mature has the ability to see God at work in life. Faith that is mature has the ability to see the potential for God in every facet of life. A mature faith practices living in the very presence of God.
Our faith must be real to us, if it is to be real to the world. In order for our Father to be a present reality to others through the lives we live, He must first and foremost be a present reality to us. There is within every person an innate need for Christ and Christian community. A wholeness that only comes from relationship with God in Jesus. And yet do we reveal Christ and fidelity to Him in such a way as to compel others to acknowledge and pursue our Lord and pursue faith in Him?
Think about the things that so many are searching for… a sense of belonging, validation, approval, meaning and purpose in life, a greater understanding of self, acceptance, love, to be challenged, living beyond themselves, a banner under which to claim allegiance… all of which are only fully found and fulfilled in a relationship with God through Christ and within the community of faith.
But… is that what we offer them? And (maybe a better and more personal question)… do we wholly find our belonging, meaning, purpose, etc. in Him?
What if we daily practiced the presence of God? By that I mean, what if every moment of life we were intrinsically cognizant that we were in the presence of God? What if everything, every moment, of life was lived with the acute awareness that we were in our Father’s presence. (Because we are! Right?) What if we daily practiced fully living in His presence? How might that change things?
Paul says, “To live is Christ…” (Philippians 1:21). Think about those four words…. To live is Christ. Can we (you) really say that and mean it?
Glory to God!