Superkid, last month I offered you the opportunity to know Jesus (and the Father) in a deeper way. I believe I heard you shout, “YES!” So, this month I want to open that door a little wider.
We learned last month to look differently at correction, and now we see that Jesus is calling us into a whole new relationship! He desires to know YOU as a friend!
The book of Revelation may seem difficult to understand, and maybe you think it’s just grown-up stuff, but there is an overall, important theme people sometimes miss. In the first several chapters, the Lord is telling the different churches what He doesn’t like about them. At least that’s what it sounds like to people who don’t understand correction like we do. If we remember that correction comes from love, and we read these chapters through the eyes of a loving Savior, it sounds more like this: “You are amazing! I recognize all the great things about you! There are, however, a few things we need to fix, and I can help!”
He says in Revelation 3:19-20 (New Living Translation), “I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference (CK definition: “ignoring my correction”). Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”
Think about that: He WANTS to be YOUR friend! The enemy would love for you to think Jesus and the Father are mad at you or displeased with you in some way, but the truth is, they are knocking at the door of your life. It’s not a one-time knocking at your door, wanting you to get saved. While that is true if you don’t know Jesus yet, this is talking about knocking at the door of your EVERYDAY life.
This morning I heard, I love Your Presence, and immediately knew it was for you! Loving His Presence is not just a phrase to be sung or spoken in church, but an everyday attitude of sitting at the table with Him as a friend, aware that He’ll be with you all day! Whether or not our days are busy, we use up all our time. Time is like money, like loose change that’s easy to spend on unimportant stuff. But when you add it all up, you could have bought something more valuable. What about your “loose time”? How great it would be to answer His knock with a “Come in, Jesus, let’s talk.” It’s not hard to begin, it’s just a matter of taking that loose time and becoming aware of Him.
Here are some “LOOSE-TIME MOMENTS” I thought of to help you get started:
- When you wake up in the morning, say, “Hello, Jesus. Hello, Father. Hello, Holy Spirit. Talk for a few minutes, then listen for twice that amount of time. Just get quiet. Even if you aren’t sure what He is saying at first, your spirit will hear. Your head will get better with practice.
- Do you pray over your food? And at school, too? Don’t just throw words into the air, your Friend is at the table with you—talk to Him!
- When school is over, is your first thought to watch TV, play video games, get on the computer or the phone? Give some of that time to the Lord!
- What’s the last thing you think about before you go to sleep, or who’s the last person you talk to? Hey, there’s no one better than your Best Friend!
The enemy wants you to think this new friendship will require huge changes in your life, or that it’s too hard or impossible to achieve, but those are lies. Jesus wants to be your Friend even more than you want it! He will help you, and those little moments will add up to a GREAT day and an EVEN GREATER LIFE!
So what about today, Superkid? Will you hear His voice and stop to listen to your Friend? Will you give Him the first moments of your day, or even say hello? What does He think about how your day went? Did you ask Him?
I can’t wait to hear all about what happens to you, Superkid! I always say we have the best adventures, but you truly are about to begin the ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!
This time, I’LL STAY TUNED!