One of the things I love most about Jesus is that He’s alive. We aren’t trying to meet with an idea or an image that smiles at us from afar. No, we encounter a real, living God and relationship with Him isn’t a one-way street. As we come to Him, He comes to us saying, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jer 29.13). He doesn’t withhold Himself from us. We ask Him to come, and He does.
But just like any other relationship, we can’t be takers all the time. This two way street requires something from us if we want to find Him in a deeper place. The next step asks us to enter into His presence by ministering to Him until out of the very substance of who He is, He begins to pour out on us in return. As we come into His presence, He can’t help but be Himself. We minister to Him not out of necessity, not out of burden, but we do it out of helplessness. Because of what He’s done, because of who He is, we are helpless to do anything other than to bless Him, to minister to Him. It’s a beautiful transaction.
What does it look like to minister to God? Flip the question. What does it look like when God ministers to me? I am fulfilled, I am overjoyed, I am swept up in the essence of His heart. He speaks to me, He tells me the truth of who I am, He loves me, He dotes on me, He reminds me of all the great times we’ve had together. So those are the things that I want to give to Him as I minister to my Jesus.
This ‘new’ idea of how to meet Him is described perfectly in Psalm 100:“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
What happens when we stop looking to Him with expectant eyes–souls growling for more, our spirit tank sitting on empty– and start coming to Him with our lips ready to bless, key already in the ignition? We operate on faith knowing that His character is to come; Holy Spirit moves when we worship Him. We start out on faith and He bolsters us into His fullness. I mean, where else do I want to be than on the inside of His gates, hanging out in the inner courts? Better is one day, oh Lord, let me stay there!
I realized that for the past few years I have been wanting Him to just show up and make me feel better, get a little giddy in the Spirit, and then have a cool vision or word for someone. These are all great and needed things, but it puts Him in a box. It’s almost like walking up to an ATM, sticking my hand out and expecting money to just shoot into it. To stand in His presence and just beg, beg, beg for more of Him, for Him to just fall and come and, and, and…
That’s not enough anymore. We’re saying “I’m here for You and You alone God! Do whatever you want!” I want to know and experience more of Him. I want to be found as a landing pad for Holy Spirit. I want Him to come and rest on me as I rest in Him. And then I want to stay there, to dwell and rest in His shadow, under His wings. I don’t want to leave that place, ever. It’s not always easy but it’s always available.
Pray in the Spirit. Let the Holy Spirit intercede for you and pray until you are able to bless Him. Then bless Him. Then wait for Him to come. And when He comes sort of riding on the tails of our praises, ready to share the fullness of His Papa’s heart, it’s the sweetest most filling thing I have experienced yet.–Post by Erin Steele