Can you relate?
We all know that feeling when you can’t wait to do something. You are looking forward to it all day long. Could be a TV series, going out somewhere, an event, or simply chillin’ at home. I have a friend who couldn’t wait for a PSL after a long week, yeah, she’s pretty basic.
Isn’t it funny what motivates our hearts? The things or people we crave and desire have a deep affect our decision making and what (we think) satisfies us.
And that it, isn’t it? We are all looking for satisfaction. Oof… satisfaction from one thing or another. Are you satisfied? And more importantly, are you satisfied in your walk with God?
For 20 years I had never thought that the Bible would or even could be enjoyable – forget fulfilling or satisfying. “Knowing” in my head that I SHOULD read the Bible because it was the RIGHT thing to do, but having no heart connection. I read the Bible for knowledge, not for an encounter. To understand information, not to understand a person. In my head I knew the Bible was important. My actions showed that I related to the Bible more as a textbook to be studied or a checklist to be done. I had no idea it was a launching pad right in to the depths of the heart of God.
I remember being absolutely shocked at the first time I was excited and looking forward to reading the Bible. Thinking “this can actually happen?! I can actually crave and desire to read the Bible and I enjoy it?”
My heart had connected with Jesus and I couldn’t wait to be with Him and encounter who He is through His Word.
But how did this happen?
Nothing more satisfying
We see that from the beginning we were created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26,27). God created us, humans, as the only species on earth to be able to relate and experience who He is. You, me, your mom, your barista, (but not your cat) were all created to experience God’s infinitely deep zealous love.
And we see all through the story of the Bible, God’s relentless pursuit of us after we have totally blown it. His pursuit climaxes at the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The night of Jesus’ being betrayed and abandoned by His friends, we get a sneak peak into His prayer life.
Remember, this is His last night before the cross, He is pouring His heart to Father. The overflow of His heart is revealed to us. If you knew it was your last night on earth how would you pray to God and what or who would you pray for?
John 17:24 – “Father I desire that they would be with me where I am…”
Jesus’ heart ERUPTS with this phrase, “Father I desire that they (that’s you and me and every other follower of Jesus) would be with me where I am”. Jesus desires to be with us, He longs and even aches that we would be with Him.
Wow, what does it mean for the Son of God, God who is the very essence love to desire someone? Do you feel the deep zealous love He has for us? He has for you?
Have you ever missed someone so deeply that there was pain in your heart? That there was an ache because you wanted to be with them? Jesus feels this way towards you. He aches that you would be with Him, today and for eternity.
“It is the revelation of God’s passionate affection for us that awakens our ever deepening feelings of love and passion for him. Simply put, we love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). When the Holy Spirit wants to awaken love in us for Jesus, He reveals Jesus’ love to us. As we see His love for us, we become lovers of God. Whatever we see in His heart for us is what is awakened in our hearts back toward Him.” Mike Bickle “Passion for Jesus: Cultivating Extravagant Love for God.
There is nothing more satisfying than the love of Christ encountering our hearts.
Bringing it home
We all know that feeling when you can’t wait to do something. You are looking forward to it all day long. We will long and desire to be in the Word when we know we are encountering the heart of Jesus. Do you want to know Him? Like really know Him? What moves His heart? What excites Him? Read the Word. Talk to Him about it, ask Him why. Let Him fascinate you again and again and again.
So now is the time to put aside the lesser things that only satisfy for a moment. Now is the time to set our eyes on Jesus and let Him fascinate and satisfy our hearts.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2