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There’s No Point: spiritual musings

picture-84When I leave the house, even if it is for one minute to go outside and water the flowers, my daughter comes running to the door, screaming “Mommy, don’t go….” She wants to be with me all the time. At times it feels overwhelming, like I need to have time alone- to think. But when I stop and think about it, how precious it is that she wants, and longs to be with me all the time- it is really revelatory. Oh, that I would long to be in the presence of my Father like that! That I would be distressed at the thought of me not being by His side all hours of the day. That I would cry at the thought of Him leaving!


“The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend;” so much so that when Moses asked to see God’s glory, He complied and “caused His goodness to pass in front of him.” Their intimacy had markedly left Moses radiating from God’s presence,

: in the same manner that Jesus said “the Son can do nothing by himself… he can do only what he sees his Father doing…” (John 5:18), Moses pleaded with God under the same truth- “If You don’t go with us, then don’t lead us [into the Promised Land].”

THERE IS NO POINT IN MOVING FORWARD IF MY FATHER’S PRESENCE IS NOT WITH ME- whether it’s in ministry, missions, or design.

“If Your presence doesn’t go with me, then don’t lead me from here- what else will set me apart but Your Glory over me? Where else will I find radiance apart from Your face? How else will I set the world alight but through Your fire? If I have found favor in Your eyes, baptize me as Your inheritance and go with me to the ends of the earth, so that Your salvation may be the testimony of every nation.”

The Great Commission is something every follower of Christ is called to, but I know for myself that I can’t live up to it without being made radiant by His intimacy first, which is why Jesus told his disciples to stay put in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit baptized them with fire- then, and only then, were they able to become the disenchanted 11 into his unabashed witnesses “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” My hope is the same: that it’s not me that goes out into the field and does the work, but rather the Holy Spirit that dwells in me is the one that illuminates the darkness and makes me into His Witness.

Through Jesus, we have been made “friends of God”. Friends of God. FRIENDS OF GOD, PEOPLE!!!


(Part of this is an excerpt from a devo I read this morning on the JesusBranded website.) I added my own two cents.

May 24, 2009 - 6:33 pm

Anne Curran - This is good. Thanks for sharing.

June 6, 2009 - 8:36 pm

Ashley Brady Chandler - My daughter is the same way. Thanks for pointing me to such a practical lesson. How different would I be if I longed for my Lord in that manner?!

June 12, 2009 - 11:30 am

Sam Franada - Whoa, this was a great re-post! It’s quite humbling to think of our blog posts as devo-esque, but I praise God that we were able to speak to you and resonate with you through your own experiences- it was great to re-read that message through someone else’s lens, glad I stumbled onto it! You’re awesome.

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