Deeper Love and Understanding of Jesus by Tawna Wilkinson
Scripture: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.” (John 1:1-4 NASB)
Observation: When we take the time, as Richard Foster says in his book Celebration of Discipline, to “sink down into the light and life of Christ, and become comfortable in that posture,” we are given an understanding of His depths, of His love, and of His desire to be enveloped in us, and us in Him. Taking the time to quiet ourselves in His presence, and meditate on the Word, in the word, affords us extraordinary opportunity to be drawn into Christ, wherein all of life resides. We not only gain a deeper love and understanding of our Redeemer and King, but we develop a sweet “familiar friendship” with Him, that opens up our hearts and minds to more.
Application: What gob-smacks and grieves me, is that I actually forget the above. I forget that I have no life – that there isn’t an iota of life without Him. Instead, I’ll get wrapped up in all my to-do’s, fooling myself that I’ve got this, and try operating without “sinking down into the light and life of Christ.” Every time I choose that, my being becomes unsteady; my breathing shallow; my behavior scattered, and my mind becomes off-center. I willy-nilly through the day. And worse, the sweet “familiar friendship” I have developed, dwindles.
But, when I choose to return to the comfort and peace of “sinking down into Him,” He instantly meets and satisfies me. He increases My love and understanding of Him, and expands my joy. I am returned to peace. And best? Our dwindling “familiar friendship” is restored, and becomes sweeter.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I acknowledge and am grateful, that all of life is in You – that my entire being exists only inside You. Forgive me for the times I forget and try operating without You. And forgive me when I allow our sweet “familiar friendship” to dwindle. Thank You for Your gracious mercy. Thank You for giving me every breath in my lungs, every blink of my eyes, every movement of my muscles, all my abilities, and all my hopes and my dreams. You are my Life. You are my Light. Precious Holy Spirit, please keep that ever before me, in the Your holy name. Amen.