Focus: The importance of really knowing Him
Psalm 145:18-19 (NKJV) The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.
God could have created us in such a way that we would never have to feel alone. He had the ability and the power to leave that part out of our existence—but He didn’t. He wanted us to need Him. He made us to need Him…and we sincerely do.
A couple of nights ago, I was walking through a large, crowded shopping mall. I was by myself and had time to observe the people I passed, who were headed in the opposite direction I was going. The mall was in a big city, so I noticed the diversity of the people who were shopping that night. All kinds of people. We had all come to the mall to try to find something that would make us—or someone we were shopping for—happy.
I couldn’t help feeling compelled to pray for the people I was passing. I know some of them probably know the Lord, but I had the sense that I was in a sea of people who were lost. Another thing I was keenly aware of, was the fact that the only thing that will truly help the conditions in this world and the people who live in it—is the Lord. I had the knowledge that we desperately need the Lord to pour out His Spirit upon all flesh, as He said He would in the last days.
The Lord said He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him—yet, how many people today actually fear the Lord? If we don’t fear the Lord and we’re not crying out to Him—how will He save us?
I had to wonder as I passed by hundreds of people, how many of them cared anything at all about Jesus. It would have been interesting if at some point, a ‘freeze frame’ could have been taken of all the people who were around me—and all of the ones who had a real relationship with Christ would have been circled in red. I wish I could know how many of the people around me might have had an interest in knowing more about Jesus at one time of their life, but for some reason, they became disinterested. I also wish I could know how many of them ever attended a Christian church in their lifetime…and what their impression was.
As humans, we have failed so miserably as representatives of Jesus Christ. I wonder sometimes if we have turned more people away from God than we have helped lead to Him, because of our misunderstanding of who He really is.
Being in that situation caused me to understand that the world has no hope except that the Spirit of God would be poured out on all people—giving them a true revelation of Jesus Christ.
Besides being aware that there were many lost people in the mall—I was also aware of how much we who are Christians should be trying to live a life that would be attractive to the people who haven’t received their salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. I don’t think we really know how to do that in a way that would help them really see HIM and not us…especially when we may be struggling with our own weaknesses.
Knowing we live in a world full of people who are lost, doesn’t do much to help us fight the feeling that we are ‘alone’, does it? With so many people who are lost and so many others who are dysfunctional as Christians—we have practically no choice but to turn to the Lord, if what we are seeking is a true and authentic relationship based on real and honest love. The Lord is truly the only hope for us and for all of the millions of lost and lonely people in this world. We can’t fill their needs—and they can’t fill ours. We all need the Lord.
Coming to the conclusion that we have no hope but the Lord is not a devastating thing. He is full of strength and power. So, it isn’t a hopeless situation that we are faced with, when we find we have no strength and we can’t solve the world’s problems single-handedly…or even by being part of a huge missionary effort. It is the Lord who comes to seek and save those who are lost—and those who are His, as well.
The Lord could use us—but are we in a position for Him to use us, or are there a few things we may need to work on, if the ‘lost’ are going to have any kind of a good impression when they look at our lives?
This is the final thing I was impressed with as I was in the mall the other night. I was aware that I need to be very focused on enriching my relationship with the Lord. As I am focused on Him—and only Him—other people will see a truer picture of who He is when they look at me. When I am focused completely on Him, I won’t feel alone at all.
Declaration: I will find new strength by focusing on the Lord who is able to meet all my needs for love and friendship. As I am more completely transformed into His likeness—I will represent Him better in this world.
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