I have a hard time believing that if you have ever sat in the presence of the living God of the Bible that you would ever desire to leave Him. I don’t think anyone would ever want to leave. Did you really know Him? Do you really know Him? I don’t feel I am different than any other. If I am so captivated by Him…why wouldn’t everyone be? I think because He is not known by them. They don’t know Him.
And the Father who sent Me has Himself borne witness about Me. His voice you have never heard, His form you have never seen, and you do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom He has sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me that you may have life. I do not receive glory from people. But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. John 5:37-43
These verses absolutely break my heart. Jesus’ words–they are true. I refuse to believe that it is easy to dismiss this God. People dismiss Him simply because He allows them to. But to know God, to spend time in His presence, and then turn away? How/why would you do that? That is inconceivable to me. My love for Him, my understanding of Him through reading His Word, it fuels my passion to pray. How could I stop? Why would I? If I am this convinced and changed, why wouldn’t my life reflect that? Simply put, it should. And if it does not…something is very wrong. Jesus requires pretty radical obedience and faith. Wimpy faith does not cut it.
Honestly, I am not an open-minded person. If I believe in Jesus (and I do), then I must believe every word He spoke. I must embrace His views on everything. I must follow Him and do what He requires of me with an obedient heart. I must. I do not have a problem with any of that. I am so amazed by this humble Leader, I rarely hesitate. If my life does not match what the Bible claims it should look like…am I a true follower of Christ? If Christ defines my faith, it better look like He says it should.
All He promises His followers is so amazing it is hard for me to believe. I am forever grateful to a God this good! I am a DEVOTED servant of Jesus. Not ashamed. No regrets. Just a captivated, fascinated, willing servant.