One thing I’m reminded of again, (I wrote about this briefly in a earlier post) is how the friends and workers, as well as some of us former meeting people, seem to leave Jesus out of so much of our lives. It baffles me. Recently I’ve been very aware in conversations God and the Holy Spirit are mentioned a lot but what about the other person in the Trinity? He is often referenced in conversations such as , “What Jesus said about such and such” or “What Jesus did or didn’t do” (both of which are very important obviously), but I miss hearing about Jesus in the now of our lives. What is He doing now? What parts of your life have you invited Jesus specifically into to heal, restore, redeem, change, inspire? I know we pray to the Father and the Father and Jesus are one, but we can single out any one of the Trinity. Jesus is the one who died for us and rose again for us. He is our Savior, our Redeemer, our Friend, our Master. He did all of that; not the Holy Spirit. I am not diminishing the Holy Spirit at all but Jesus is the King of Kings! The Main One.
I strongly believe that one of the major (and I mean major) errors made by the fellowship is not giving Jesus his rightful place. He is not being given the honor and glory due Him. The very reason the fellowship struggle with believing the gospel of grace is because they do not understand all that Jesus has already done and finished for us. Instead, they keep trying to do it themselves over and over again.
However, for right now, this evening, what is distressing me even more is why the F&W (friends & workers) aren’t comfortable talking about Jesus present tense? Or involving Jesus in our daily, real life? Such as, “Jesus, I need You tonight. I need You to come and take my troubled heart and give me Your precious peace that is like no other. I need You, Jesus to heal my mind of all the lies I may be believing and all doubts I may have. I need You, Jesus, to be very near and real to me tonight. To tell me again how much You love me and how precious I am to You and how beautiful I am to You. I am so thankful You chose me. That You are committed to me. You fought for me. I owe You, Jesus, everything.” His name is like no other. One day, at the mention of His name, every knee will bow! That is how powerful and worthy that name is.
I want to be closer and closer to Jesus every single day. I don’t just want to go through my day seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, but along with that, go through my day talking to Jesus. He is my best Friend, my Confidant. He “gets” me and loves me anyway…unconditionally. He is real; He was here! He gets this life and how wonderful and painful it can be. He is the One who has already set me free from anything I might be in bondage to.
This is my point: for some reason, the fellowship people are uncomfortable saying the name of Jesus outside of a meeting setting. Why on earth is that?? It should be the most precious name to utter there is. Some people, obviously, use his name as a curse word. This is not what I am talking about. In the fellowship, we would call people who said the name Jesus all the time “religious”. Where did that come from? Yes, there are Christians who only talk the talk and it can become rather nauseous. But in a balanced straight-from-the-heart way, it is sincere and meaningful. It’s what I want; and those are the people I love to be around.
Here is an example I just read in my favorite book at the moment. The book is called “becoming myself” by Staci Eldridge. She wrote: “Let’s invite Jesus to come and reveal to us where he would love to bring us more healing.”
Another reason this is so important to me is that by talking to, not just about, Jesus, we are making our connection to God a whole lot more real. Jesus has a resurrection body. He has a personality. With Him in the picture right beside me at all times, it feels different than the Holy Spirit within me. I cherish and need both. The Holy Spirit directs, reveals and comforts. But Jesus is the guy I can have gut level, honest conversations with. For me, He’s the most approachable of the Trinity.
When Jesus is in the picture front and center and I’m going through my day with Him, I say a whole lot less because I am listening to Him. I am less confident in myself and more and more confident in Him. I’m not talking about all I can do but all He is doing and has done. There is a humility present in people who have Jesus in their rightful place than those who don’t have that. There is a softness brought into any conversation where His name is mentioned. We are silenced because there is no other name like His. I’m having trouble finding the words to explain what His name in a conversation means to me and the difference it makes; all I know is how I feel when He is missing.
I am walking through life with the King of Kings but He also happens to be my best buddy. The big brother I never had. And on some days, the fiance’ I’ve never had who is smitten with me and adores me just as I am. But more than that, I get to hang out with the most amazing guy ever! The most spiritual, enlightened, enthusiastic, inspiring, tender, loving, intelligent, rich, handsome, gentle, wise, passionate, funny there EVER!! How cool is that!
It was people who had Jesus very present in their lives and who talked about Him all the time and talked to Him all the time that originally awakened my heart to Him 10 years ago and who showed me who He was. I suddenly felt so loved and cared for like I never had before. I wept because I felt His love and deep interest in me for the first time.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…it’s all about You.