Good morning, friends. I haven’t written much this week, as we’ve had a lot going on and I just haven’t been real inspired to share a whole lot in any capacity, honestly. I try to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading when I write, as my sole purpose for doing any of this is to glorify my Father and draw others closer to Him.
So, having said that…this morning in my quiet time, I heard this song for the first time and I really enjoyed it. It spoke to my heart and I hope it will speak to yours too. Have you read in the Bible where different authors refer to themselves as a “bondservant/slave” of Christ Jesus? Paul, James, Peter, and Jude all used this description for their position in the Messiah. This reminds me of the last podcast we made, “Where Does Your Identity Lie?” which you can listen to here if you haven’t yet: https://anchor.fm/salty-saints/episodes/Where-Does-Your-Identity-Lie-e1asb1t.
These disciples of Christ understood that they had been bought at such a high price, with the very blood of their Savior, Master, and Lord, and they considered themselves to be tethered, bound, enslaved to Him. And yet this is where they found true freedom! Being a slave to Him is the only place our souls will ever find the rest and freedom we all desire. Isn’t that so upside down? That’s what I love about Jesus and our whole Christian faith that revolves around Him. It’s so paradoxical. As Jesus Himself said in Matthew 13, 11“You are permitted to understand the secrets a of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I use these parables, For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.” To those who listen, He increases our knowledge. This is such a beautiful privilege.
There are two overarching messages I get when I read my Bible. I’ve been saying this for YEARS and I see it so clearly and poignantly woven from the foundation of our existence all the way into eternity to come. God has ALWAYS had a family in mind. Everything in His sovereign plan for mankind revolves around this. This is what we are working toward and will be the culmination of all things. In tandem with this, another part of the picture is that everything always goes back to the state of our hearts. We see “the heart” mentioned time and time again in the Word of God from the Old Testament to the New. Whether it says, “their hearts were hard/calloused, etc,” or “they had pure hearts/seek Me with all their hearts, etc,” the heart of the person/people being talked about is always so important to God.
So where is your heart today? Where is mine? Are you tethered to Christ? Are you caught up in the wonder of His presence? The amazing thought that He calls you friend…does that still blow your mind? It does mine. We can’t get so caught up in the mundane things of this life that we lose the wonder of His beauty and majesty. I know it can be hard, especially in busy seasons like this, and of course there’s an enemy of our souls who is ALWAYS on the prowl, trying to distract, discourage, and defeat us. But if our hearts are truly tethered to our King, we are never far from Him. I will leave y’all with this last portion of Scripture from Acts 17:
24“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. 26 From one manf he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. 27 “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. 28 For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your g own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ 29 And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone. 30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. 31 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”
He is so near to us, praise be to His holy name. Find your purpose and your peace in Him today, friends. Ask Him to draw you closer and deeper and give Him all of your heart…all that you are. You can trust Him. Have a blessed rest of your weekend!