"“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." Isaiah 2:3
Over and over God brings me back to my purposes--that through me, others may learn of Him, love Him, know Him,
That when all come into my home, they would sense, immediately, His welcome, undivided Spirit, His gentleness,
That my home would be a repository of Him and His life in many dimensions--
Enjoy and dwell in His love
See His beauty
Know His approval
Be inspired to live valiantly for HIs purposes
Experience His joy
Be inspired to live a holy, excellent life of beautiful moral character and sacrifice
Understand the vast truth and wisdom of His soul from His word
Know deep forgiveness,
All these things I want my home to be and more. There is an energy to the Life of God that fills the hearts of those in His presence. I want that when people enter my arena, they feel His presence.
God desires to pour out Himself through us to a people who long for His reality. Yet, we must be filled up with God in order for our lives to be a channel of Him.
Yet it is only when I invest in Him, HIs word, in obedience to His will, that I fill my soul with His truth, that there will be His substance from which others can draw.
I have realized, in my own life, the sin of selfishness, lack of love, peer pressure to conform, guilt, anger, lust, idols, unrighteous call out to me, to us, through the voice of the world every day. These life-sucking voices and pressures harden our hearts to create indifference and hardness of heart to what His priorities and holiness would give us to be His life in our worlds.
And so, today, as I have invested time, precious time, in Him and His word, I am drawn back to remember what is on His heart, what matters. I cannot give to others of Him, unless He is the primary influence and filler of my heart.
This busy season, I want to do whatever it takes to fill up my soul with Him, that I may give Him to others, especially this season where I want to truly celebrate and worship Him, the God with us.