I just spent a couple hours talking with 3 other guys about how God is working in our lives. I have been there before. You know… you get together with your accountability group or some friends at church and talk about how good God is. The pastor is impressed. It is encouraging and you feel good about yourself for having done it, but does it really matter? Does it really make any difference? Will you be closer to God because of it? Maybe.
But this time was different. The four of us shared about the reality of Christ in our lives. It wasn’t spiritual sparing, trying to out do each other with our spiritual prowess. It was simply, a sincere uninhibited sharing of the love we experienced while living life with Christ driving the day. Does that make sense? Let me try again….
Let me take it to the extreme just for the sake of communication. Do you appreciate Jesus? Do you appreciate what He did for you on the cross? You might, but tell me this. Have you ever asked God to allow you to experience the pain Christ suffered on the cross in even a small tangible way?
The difference from appreciating Christ on the cross from a distant and experiencing even a very small part of the pain He felt is huge! It is the same huge difference in experiencing God from a distance while doing all the right things and experiencing God up close and real, while allowing Him to work out His good will and pleasure in your life.
Today, God revealed Himself at Starbucks… where were you?