Sometimes I feel as if the present-day church should be called First Memorial Church of Jesus Christ. We often enshrine him rather than worship him. We do this by coming together only in memory of a great man/God who lived 2,000 years ago.
To combat this, I am always looking for ways that the Lord makes his presence known to us. Recently, I was praying with one of the leaders of our youth ministry. We needed to know how to handle an event that was understaffed. We talked about various options without coming to any satisfying solution, and so began to pray. After a prayer, which included some listening as well as asking, Bill had a bemused look on his face. “Does God really answer so quickly? While we were praying, I think I got a solution.” As we explored it, the solution worked. God was there.
As the disciples faced Jesus’ death, they would be in danger of enshrining him. But Jesus won’t let them think this way. He may be going away, but he tells them that he is going to be here as well. Living with that paradox is central to a vibrant Christianity.
Your Spiritual Discipline:
Jesus Christ is Immanuel, “God with us.” To embrace his presence, center your focus on God. Give over to him any concern or distraction that comes between you. Perhaps you could picture yourself bowing before him. Place at his feet everything in your life. Rest for a while in worshipful submission.
written by Stephen D. Eyre and Jacalyn Eyre