GethsemaneThe Bible says, “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” (Isaiah 55: 6) If you are thirsty, come. If you are weary, come. If you are full of yourself, turn around quickly and come. Call upon the Lord. Experience the transforming presence and power of the Holy Spirit and know that God overwhelmingly and unrelentingly loves you. This is the essential reality.

God has shared his passion with you through Jesus Christ and God still desires to love you passionately in the power of the Holy Spirit. Can we experience this power? Yes, we can. But, our expectation of this happening must be matched by the longing and desperation of our seeking prayer. We are called to come but we will only do so when our thirst moves toward the greatness of God’s promised living waters. We are called to come but we will only do so appropriately when our weariness is desperate for the strength and rest of the Lord.

Are you seeking the Lord with a passion to match His? Or, have you reconciled yourself to an experience of something less than the essential reality of God’s breathtaking passion and love for you in Jesus Christ? You’re thirsty, but not that thirsty so you never repent of your busy-ness or relinquish any of the other commitments you hold to much more clearly than your commitment to Christ. I’m tired but I’m not so tired that I will not keep on trying to do most things myself. I want a greater experience of God but not so much that I change any part of my schedule or routine, not so much that I turn to God with weeping, and fasting, and mourning, not so much that I pray with unrelenting desire to experience the essential reality of grace and love in Jesus Christ.

Let us repent together today and let us “seek the LORD while he may be found, and call ye upon him while he is near.”

P. S. Yesterday, we visited Yanghwajin Missioary Cemetery and the 100th Anniversary Memorial Church. It was a very sobering and deeply moving time as we learned of the zeal and sacrifice of the first missionaries to Korea. I hope at some point in the future I can show many of you the video we received as a precious gift yesterday. The lives of our ancestors still speak and their testimony of sharing the gospel is still bearing fruit today.