Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. 1 Thessalonians 2:9 (NIV) The gospel will not travel far on the shoulders of Christians who are motivated by...
“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23 (NIV)
Sometimes people say, “If only I could see Jesus and talk to Him in person…” Well, imagine what that would be like. If He was in Jerusalem, it would cost you thousands of dollars to get there. Most Christians would never have the opportunity.
Or suppose Jesus located himself right in your town. With a third of the world’s population professing some sort of faith in Jesus, can you imagine what that would be like? The airport would need to be many times larger than it is now. And you would likely be standing in line, not for hours, but for days and weeks, just to catch a few moments with Jesus. You would treasure this for the rest of your life, but 99.999% of your life would be lived without the presence of Jesus.
Jesus says, “the Spirit of truth will be with you and in you forever!” That means you are never alone. There is no greater truth than this when you experience loneliness. Jesus does not say, “I will visit you from time to time.” He says, “I will make my home with you.” Christ will be at home with you until you are at home with Him.
This is a great incentive to holiness. When Paul was dealing with Christians who had opened the door of their lives to sin, he asked them: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you?… Therefore, honor God with your body” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
Will you give up an orphan faith and a non-invasive faith today? Will you bind yourself to Jesus Christ?