Consider with me the precious promise from Jesus: “I am with you always.” How often we encourage ourselves with those words! And I’m afraid we also find excuse for compromising with those words. I suggest we turn the table on Jesus today and say, “I am with you always.” Imagine not going anywhere that Jesus is not there first inviting me to come. Imagine not doing anything that is not patterned after Jesus in which he says he does nothing but what he sees the Father do. Imagine not saying anything which is not said in love, wisdom, and discernment. Thank you, Jesus, for being with me always. I want you in my home at all times – please, don’t wait for an appointment. I’m really considering vowing a vow that I will always be with you. Can I do that? For example, I love reading fiction books. Jesus, are you in them first? Or, are they just okay – with your promise to be with me. I know theology; I know I’m wholly dependent on grace and mercy. I’m not saved by works; I am saved “unto good works.” But I’m talking where the rubber meets the road. Evaluation day, not terribly pleasant.
I want to pay tribute to wonderful people I have known, the wonderful country in which I live, the communities in which I have lived, the churches who have claimed me as their own, the God who sends shivers down my back when I really give him a portion of my time—well, maybe not shivers but tears flow easily in some of those most priceless times.
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