As much as my heart desires closeness and intimacy with Jesus, some days I just don’t feel it.
Sometimes I struggle to voice my innermost thoughts or consciously invite the Holy Spirit to direct my life. This dwelling with God, while beautiful, is often a hard concept to wrap my mind around and even harder sometimes to stay faithful and consistent in day after day.
It would be easy to believe that my disposition toward backsliding into old habits and being “too busy for God” must mean that dwelling with God is not important for me. Or perhaps it’s just too hard and not worth the effort.
But struggle is not a bad thing.
In fact, struggle in our effort to lean into God’s presence, to learn to abide in Christ is a beautiful reminder that we’re still bound by this earthly nature and we wrestle with sin.
But take heart, a new era is coming.
Listen to what the future looks like for all who believe in Jesus:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
~ Revelation 25:1-7
Take your favorite spiritual high moment and magnify that by a million. That still pales in comparison with what we will experience when we’re no longer hindered by sin and our physical limitations. We will be His people, and He will be our God.
And the awe-filled truth that gives wind under my wings is this: the beautiful new things God is preparing for us in the future kingdom, He is starting to develop in us here and now.
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, Jesus teaches us to pray. He’s preparing us to dwell with Him, through the struggle of waking in the morning, the battle with our flesh, and the difficulties of choosing Him every day. All that struggle is good, and it reminds us to fix our gaze on the future glory.
This, my friends, is only the beginning of abiding in Christ. It only gets better from here.
Day 3 Challenge: What do you picture eternity with Jesus to be like? Are you excited about it? Scared? Share with us in the comments below one thing that you’re looking forward to being made new in your life.
Father, what a beautiful future you’re preparing for us! I can’t wait to get into the new kingdom and see You face to face, to rejoice in You without all the limitations I have right now. But here and now, I want to abide in You fully, right where You’ve placed me. Help me to see the struggles as Your refining fire in making me new. Help me to embrace the challenges and push through by the power of Your Spirit. Thank you for this promise of a new heaven and a new earth. I can’t wait to get there.