As surely as night turns into day, Jesus is calling your name, Superkid. Now what? When someone calls your name, it’s usually because they want something. They may want your attention or something you have. They may want you to do something for them or they may want to do something for you. Why is Jesus calling you?
First, let’s establish that all of the above are true about Jesus’ purpose. He wants your attention and everything you have. He wants you to do something for Him, and He wants to do something—no, everything—for you! He can only do big things in your life if you really belong to Him.
Last month, we discussed an important verse about our connection with Jesus. John 10:3 (New Living Translation) says: “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”
Superkid, you hear Him calling and you recognize His voice and you come, but where is He leading you? The most important thing to understand about your life with Jesus is that He is calling you into His presence, into Himself!
Today, He wants us to get a clearer picture of what that really means. We literally live IN Him. There are many verses about this in His Word. Let’s start with Hebrews 4:16: “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (NLT).
Jesus absolutely understands you and is there to help you! He wants it to be very clear that you belong with Him, so the Bible says to come boldly to His throne! He has every bit of forgiveness (mercy), ability (grace) and HELP whenever you need it. Let this sink into your thinking: “I can be bold with Jesus because I belong with Him!”
I had to ask Him for help today. I needed the ability, the grace from Him, to write what He wanted you to hear. I love this next truth that He showed me! It will be with me forever because it changed how I think!
I have always prayed in the Name of Jesus—that is where my authority is, and He is the One who has the power. Today, however, He took me to a new and deeper knowledge of His Name! In Proverbs 18:10, NLT, it says, “The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.” The King James Version says His Name is a strong tower. Can you picture this? His Name is where we run to and are safe! Today, He opened my eyes—I don’t pray in the Name of Jesus because He is not right here with me, I pray in His Name because I am right there WITH Him! I live in that strong tower of His Name and in His presence because I came to Him when He called me! This describes you too, Superkid! Stop for a minute and reread that again so it can really get into your thinking. His Name is Himself and it’s WHERE YOU LIVE!
That’s big! But let me stretch you a bit more. In Acts 17:24-28, Paul was speaking to people in Athens at the foot of a temple to their god. This was to them a “fortress” or “strong tower.” He said:
“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring’” (New King James Version).
I highlighted parts so you can see that Paul was sharing with the Athenians, this same truth. Jesus is not far off in heaven looking down on us. He wants us to realize that IN Him, JESUS, in HIS Name, we actually LIVE, MOVE and we have our very existence—ALL THE TIME, 24/7, SUPERKID!
THIS is His purpose for calling your name! He wants you to be with Him all the time. This is the only way He can truly be your helper, your shepherd, your healer and your friend. Say His Name out loud right now. Say, “JESUS. I live IN You. I move IN You and I stay IN You today. Please help me understand what this means to my life, not just today, but always.”
Now, Superkid, when you say this, really think about where you are in it: “IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN.” YOU are IN Jesus and IN His Name! And, AMEN means “finished or done.” That is how He sees you, and He wants you to see yourself the same way.
Let the truth of YOUR presence IN Him become as real to you as His presence in you is, and let it be the beginning of a full-time awareness of just how ONE you really are with Jesus!
I can hardly wait until next month to see where our journey into Jesus takes us! ♥