Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Closer!


And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (Lk. 9:23) 

In the last post, Endless Light, I mentioned briefly how moths are usually drawn to light. I could go on and try to elaborate a little bit further about what makes light so attractive to moths. My only explanation as to why moths are attracted to light is because of its brightness and warmth.

In the previous post, I also pointed out briefly how the light of Jesus Christ draws us closer to Him. The comfort, warmth, and security of His light in our lives is truly a miraculous event. Not only do those things draw us closer to Him, but also encourages us to abide in Him. 

As we abide in Him, He enables us with the strength, passion, and resources to follow Him as well. As we abide in and continue to follow Jesus' leading in our lives, His endless light will envelope us in ways so mysterious to our finite understanding. The longer we continue to abide in His light, the far-reaching effects of His endless light will continue to attract more and more people into our lives.

His light will be reflected in our lives in such a manner that anyone who sees will at the very least notice something different about. They will notice everything from the kind of people that you associate yourself with to your behavior and mannerisms. If you have been approached by someone before and have been told that there is something different about you and they have no way to describe it to you, the light of Jesus Christ is upon you. 

The miraculous part about carrying the light of Jesus Christ is the light's amazing ability to draw people closer to Him. The vast majority of our witnessing involves non-verbal communications. I have been told on several occasions by my mentors that as a servant leader, I am going to be constantly under the microscope of public opinion. In the same we will receive praise from our Christian friends and family members. It is also possible to be negatively scrutinized from our non-Christian friends and family members. 

It is under these circumstances where we must draw near to Christ. Not only do we need to draw near to Him, but we must also be absorbed in His light. As a result, the very light of Christ that is in us will infiltrate the darkness around us and in effect win as many souls for Christ as possible. Be encouraged friends, as the light of Jesus Christ irons out the wrinkles in our own lives, the very same light we have the honor privilege to bear in His name will also make an eternal impact in the lives of those around us.

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you continue to draw closer and closer to God in your life. Without further delay, I want to bring to all of you Closer by Hillsong Live. Always remember friends....JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-). Here's the lyrics...ENJOY!!!...:-D

CLOSER BY HILLSONG LIVE 

VERSE
There is no life without You
You have all that we need
Where You are
Every fear is broken
And the darkness must flee

CHORUS
Closer and closer
We want to know You
Reaching out
Reaching out
Here in Your presence
We want to go deeper
In Your light
Come alive

VERSE
There is no one beside You
You alone are enough
You fling the doors of
Your heart wide open
And we are lost in Your love

BRIDGE
To You
We will come running
In You
We find belonging
Your love

Is all that can satisfy