There were several things today the Lord brought together that challenged me. How close am I to the heart of Jesus? I sat with Tim this morning talking about how we can best present Lesson 13 of our book, God’s Plan for His Disciples, to attract disciples into a daily quiet time with the Lord.
Then I was reading a couple pages of “Praying Hyde” again. He made me realize how few there are who are near enough to Jesus that they know the Father’s heart for the lost. Paraphrasing some of what Hyde said is; we do not need a broken heart for the lost so much as we need to know the Father’s heart. It is not that we need to suffer more as we need to “share in the sufferings” of Christ (Philippians 3:10). This gives us insight into why He suffered for us and all mankind.
Of all the disciples, John seemed to be the closest to Jesus. When Jesus revealed that one of the twelve was going to “betray” Him, John, “leaning back against Jesus said to Him, “Lord, who is it?”” (John 13:21, 25). John’s tenderness toward his Master was not a sudden development. There are other evidences that he had grown closer over the three and a half years.
My deepest concern for myself and for you is not that we suffer for being faithful or stand firm in the Word of God, but that my walk in the Word draws me closer to the Person. If this does not happen, we will not know His heart nor the Father’s heart. Without this nearness, we will pursue things that do not produce fruit or glorify Him, and we will waste time and resources He gave us.
HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO HIS HEART?
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