My last post touched on beingwithJesus, but today I’m going to go into more depth.
When you are with someone, there is a sense of understanding, support, and genuine and encouraging conversations and interactions. Do any of you find it difficult to be with someone who you can’t actually see or hear? I struggle with this a lot. How can I be with Jesus if I can’t see or hear him? I feel like sometimes I’m talking to a wall. This brings me back to my previous post about spiritual spikes. I relied so heavily on spiritual spikes that I couldn’t focus on the steady path towards true faith in and with Him.
To bewithGod, He wants you to be involved- involved in more than just spiritual spikes. To be with someone means to be there during the highs and the lows. See Mark 3:13-15. “Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, to send them out to preach, and to have authority to drive out demons.” Instead of gathering a crowd, Jesus decided to choose only twelve people to follow him, learn from him, and experience not only the highs of spiritual lifewithHim, but also the lows that others may not take notice to.
Some of these highs includehealing(“Again Jesus places his hands on the man’s eyes. The man looked intently and his sight was restored and he saw everything clearly” Mark 8:25), walking on water (Matthew 14:22-32), and feeding 5,000 people with only five loaves and two fish (Matthew 14:13-21). Some of the lows include sacrifice, persecution, disbelief, and loneliness.
Being withHim isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon, and you can’t do it alone.
I’ve heard some amazing Christian speakers and I’m sure you have to. I always need to stop myself and make sure that I don’t take everything they say before I compare it to my own beliefs, but most of the time they really speak the Word of the Lord with confidence and inspire me greatly. A leader isn’t always great because of what they say or do, but rather whoiswiththem. To be with people means to have encouragers. (P.S. Jesus encourages you too!) When one is lost, another will step in and pick them back up again when they fall. They’re there to build you up rather than to knock you down.
Did you know that you don’t have to be a priest or pastor who has gone through years of school and seminary to be a leader in the church? Those who have, all the power to you! But it’s not necessary to do so in order to know Jesus, be with Him, and spread His word. The bible even says so in Ephesians 4:11-13, “And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, equipping the saints for the world of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness.” The best part of it all is that Christ is with you through the whole thing! Matthew 28:19-20“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” I think the end of that one is so powerful- He is with us until the end.
Are you following Jesus or are you with Him?
You have to choose Him to experience true peace and joy. It’s never too late to choose to be with Him. Here’s a prayer:
Please be with me. Please teach me how to be with you and how to recognize that I am with you. Please give me the peace and joy that we always search for. Please help me be a leader in other’s faith, whether that be in relationship with others or a church leader. Help me be with you rather than just follow you. Please also help me find others who can help me understand you and who will be there to support and encourage me during my faith journey.
In your loving name, Amen.