The more you want God, the more he comes real to you.
Abide in me as I abide in you Jesus says in John 15 so that my joy may be in you.
I find there’s a battle for attention inside of me between myself and Jesus Christ - and when I’m looking away from myself to the Lord it’s a joy. Elsewhere in the Bible it says ‘in the Lord’s presence there is fullness of joy’.
There’s no greater aid to evangelism than joy: quiet, infectious joy, expressed in a smile.
God is beyond words. In Jesus Christ God comes to live in us by his Spirit. Reading his word, receiving Holy Communion, engaging with fellow believers - all these reinforce what Paul calls in Colossians 1:27 Christ in me, the hope of glory.
The Saints are famous for their smiles - I remember Mother Teresa’s infectious smile on TV to this day - smiles that are an overflowing from the heart where Christ is dwelling.
I want to be a Saint - don’t you? I mean, there’ll be nothing sadder ultimately than to miss the mark when it comes to unending friendship with God!
It's not what we have been or are that matters so much as what we would be.
Would you be a friend of God? The more you want God, the more he’ll make himself real to you.
Abide in me as I abide in you Jesus says so that my joy may be in you.
So be it, Lord Jesus - your joy be my strength this day!