In the desert…

“Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”

an undeserved invitation

It is always encouraging to hear how good someones communion with the Lord has been lately! Last night, in our college small group, people were sharing how their devotions with the Lord have been lately. It was so encouraging to hear how God was at work in each others quiet moments in prayer and in the word. To hear one sharing how “sweet” her times with the Lord have been, how He has been revealing some of His characteristics to her and how that has caused a heart of praise and joy, that stirs my soul.

It does well for us to frequently share how our times with the Lord are. For it is so easy to lose sight of His worth. It is too easy to get caught up in the business of the day, and to allow true priorities get swapped for worldly ones. It is far to natural to begin to rely on yourself an become self-sufficient and see no need for God or a Savior. Suddenly our souls are being fed the bread of the world, and there is no appetite for, nor room for, the bread of life.

Someone else, humbly, shared how there times with the Lord have been scarce and dry. He shared how his schedule/life became his lord, and his strength and reason became his trust. We all know the realities of sin in our lives: laziness, selfishness, idolatry, pride. And how a pattern of sin can quickly lead to condemnation, an how condemnation can pull you away from Christ. We tried to remind him of the wonderful Gospel. How Christ came to save sinners, to purchase us unto himself, to bring us to his table, to feast on His glory while dressed in His righteousness! And this, not because of anything we’ve done or will do, but because of what He did do at Calvary. So, we, who claim the name of Christ, are invited to dine with Him today and every day, because His work is finished and we live justified. Praise God for His unchanging love and unspeakable grace!

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