In my Journey Towards Epiphany, I am seeking to have Christ revealed to me in everyday life. Christ reveals Himself to many in Scripture, beginning with shepherds and wisemen. It is interesting in this Christ-revelation how both the simple minded and the wise are included.
He then reveals Himself to a man and woman at the temple, a prophet and prophetess, fishermen and tax collectors, rich and poor, educated and uneducated. What’s the reoccuring ingredient in all these people? I supposed one could be that they were looking for something MORE, even if before His revelation they were not aware of the fact.
This is good news for me, because I am definitely looking for more. It has always been my hearts cry to have more of God. In reading through the Book of Common Prayer last night, my Gospel reading was from John 14 in the Amplified Version of the Bible.
21The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]
Could it be, that when I feel far from Him, it is time for me to climb to a new level of obedience? What are these commands? Seeing that Jesus boiled them down to two, they would be: to Love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul and mind, and to Love my neighbor as myself.
The longer I walk this walk with Him, the more I realize that this truly is a real journey, very much like the one Christian makes in Pilgrim’s Progress. Until my journey closes, I will have new challenges and new levels of commitment and obedience . How can I say that I really believe in God, if I won’t obey Him? Obedience is a statement of faith, overcoming the doubts of the world, and sometimes even greater, the doubts of the human mind.
So I guess my question to the Lord today is, “Lord what act of obedience will unlock the gate towards a greater revelation of You today?”
I’m going to be meditating about these things today. Because after all, my determined purpose is that I may know Him, and it seems as though obedience is one way to accomplish that.