When you go to camp or are part of a powerful worship service, feeling Jesus in the room is easy. We love feeling Jesus' presence in our lives. His presence comes in and touches every cell in our body, and makes our heart leap out. But often times when we go home from camp, or back to work the next day after a Sunday service we don't feel that same feeling, or the feeling of our heart leaping out of our bodies for Jesus because we no longer feel His thick tangible presence.
It is often easy to feel His presence in the moment of worship because we come with expectant hearts to church to experience Jesus. When we go to camp, we expect something radical to happen. There our hearts are open to Jesus, and once we get there He is our center focus. But, what happens when Sunday morning comes to an end is we leave Jesus at the pulpit and go back to our daily lives.
Unfortunately, we forget we can experience Jesus every day in everything. If we go into our days with expectant hearts to see and feel Jesus we will. In Jeremiah 29, God says, if you look you will find Him. There he will be found next to you. Matthew 7 says, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened. But notice the words it says before ask, seek, and knock.
Matthew 7:7-8 Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
Note the scripture said to "keep on" asking, "keep on" seeking, "keep on" knocking. I think most times we go into services to seek Jesus, but we don't go into our daily lives ready to seek Him. And when we don't feel him in our day to day lives, then we don't "keep on" seeking Him, we just expect to feel and experience Jesus at camp, on Sunday mornings, or the next powerful worship service and no where else.
As pastors' wives we must start living with expectant hearts. With the mindset to "keep on." If we are mothers, then throughout the week we have to keep on asking, seeking, and knocking at Jesus for love, mercy, tender hearts, and wisdom to pour into our children. When we meet with people from our church, or the people we see everyday we need to keep on expecting Jesus to move radically in our relationships with people. We have to keep on expecting Him to pour out His spirit in our daily lives. When people come in contact with me, I want Jesus to be so evident and palpable that people realize they can have Jesus all the time.
If we are to be lights of this world, we have to keep on shining other than on Sunday mornings. We need Jesus' radical, tangible presence to be on hand every second of everyday to give to our children, neighbor, friends, family, coworkers, and so on. People don't need Jesus on Sunday morning, or at camp but they need Jesus on Sunday mornings, at camp, AND every single day of their lives.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor