The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him to show his servants…” Revelation
What a marvel that God invites you and me into the hallowed halls of His divine counsel to share His plans with us.
This morning as I sit bathed in the light of this incredible truth, I’m acutely aware of my littered desk, baggy sweats, and Dollar Store glasses.
Who am I Jesus, that you invite me in to Your throne room and speak to me?
The Creator of the cosmo, the holy King of Kings greets you and me . . . After over twenty years of intimacy with God, I still can’t get my mind around it.
God is near.
Who am I Jesus, that you call me by name?
I don’t know about you, but I have been called some pretty ugly names, some of which have even been earned, yet God has a special name for you and me, “You are Mine.” My “Beloved.” (Romans 9:25) He has purchased and redeemed us through His sacrifice on the cross on our behalf. (I Peter 1:18-19) We belong to Him — with all that entails; chosen and precious, invested with family privilege and kingdom power.
Who am I Jesus, that you care for me?
Who else in all the world has a God like ours?
There’s a song from the 80’s performed by Bette Midler with this line, “From a distance, God is watching us . . . from a distance.” What a sad, terrible thought. It’s a lie born in the hollow heart of man because a God who shares His sacred thoughts is if anything, personal. A God who shares His sacred thoughts is personal. Click To Tweet
God is near.
Listen to what He says:
There is no “distance” with God, only intimacy — and sacred privilege. [Tweet “There is no “distance” with God, only intimacy — and sacred privilege.”]
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father . . .
Did you catch that?
— set right in the middle of God’s grand self introduction. This is no accident, no serendipitous slip. God frames His love for His people with His glorious name and nature, because love is at the center of the heart of a holy God. [Tweet “Love is at the center of the heart of a holy God.”]
No matter our messy office or old clothes.
God is near. He’s invited us into His counsel and into His heart. And He reveals His thoughts to those who don’t keep Him at a distance.
What about you? Does God seem distant, or have you experienced what it’s like to personally interact with Him?
*All Bible references 1984 NIV