This Friday, I plan on speaking at Encounter about the core values that need to be in place if we are going to be pursuing Jesus with passion. Many people, I have found, make the decision to give God their lives and think this decision only happens once in their lifetime. They are greatly mistaken.
Pursuing Jesus is a constant, repetitive decision to surrender to His majesty and Lordship.
Making these decisions possible is the grace of God and the Holy Spirit’s faithfulness in our lives and hearts. If any man or woman thinks they can simply “will” devotion to Christ into being, they are either liars or ignorant of their propensity for falling asleep.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, we happen upon a strange and rather intense scene. Jesus is praying, sweating blood and appears to be in an almost panicked state of prayer and intercession and the disciples are asleep. Now before we cast judgment, these are arguably some of the most passionate followers of Jesus. They have literally given up EVERYTHING for Him. Many have left their families, jobs and even their dignity, being counted among the crazies that have chosen to follow the teachings of a cannibalistic maniac and the son of a whore who obviously tricked Joseph into thinking that God was the reason she was pregnant. I would say, boldly and confidently, that these men were most likely extremely passionate about pursuing Jesus. Yet even so, in this intense time in Gethsemane, their will could not keep them awake or disciplined to pray for even an hour.
The foundation of every ministry and of every life must be a complete and constant surrender to the Holy Ghost.
Unless we allow the Holy Spirit to move in grace and power through our lives, convicting us of sin and filling us with the atmosphere of Heaven, we are bound for, at worst, failure and at best distraction.
This week as we prepare our hearts for our Encounter gathering, let us surrender completely to the rule and indwelling of the Holy One.