‘And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’ (Matthew 28:20)
What an amazing, joy-filled time we had together on Sunday morning as we celebrated Easter! And what an amazing truth that we reflected on – that the resurrection of Jesus means that as we go about sharing his message, he is always with us, even now.
In my times with the Lord in the morning, I’ve been going through Revelation, helped wonderfully by Tim Chester’s ‘Revelation for You’. This morning, I was struck by Jesus’s words to the church in Laodicea:
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone here’s my voice, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me (Revelation 3:20).
As I read, I was struck by the fact that Jesus’s message to this church wasn’t that they needed to do more, or try harder, but that they needed to commune with Jesus. And even more astoundingly – that Jesus wants to commune with them. Jesus doesn’t just want us to know that he is with us always – he wants us to experience that he is with us always.
Many of us are involved in ministry – in leading homegroups, youth work, mercy ministries – and lots more I am sure. But what we need above all is an intimate walk with Jesus. To serve from any other basis is to run on empty.
What might it look like for you to daily seek intimacy and communion with Jesus? Do you need to think about changes to your schedule? Do you need to ask someone to help you learn how to meet with Jesus each day?
What difference would it make to your life, to your relationships, to your ministries, if you were growing in greater intimacy with your saviour?