Jesus says to us, “Come be with me, come spend some time with me. Be in my love and my love will be in you. Remain in me and I will remain in you. Get to know me by being with me and then become like me.”
He calls us to spend time in prayer – both talking and listening. He calls us to spend time in the Word – both reading and reflecting. He calls us to take account of our life and day – both in thanksgiving and in evaluation. All we do and say should be done to draw us closer to Jesus and to deepen our relationship with Him.
As we get to know Jesus more, two things happen. First, we begin to recognize then respond to His calls into our life with increasing clarity. As it really sinks in how Jesus loved and treated others, we come to see that we are called to do the same. Our ears, eyes, and heart become more attuned to the nudges and voice of the Holy Spirit. We think less of self and more of how we can come alongside another in the love of Jesus Christ.
Teh second thing is also within but it has more to do with how we see self. We question what we once never gave a second thought. We choose to do this or that (or choose not to) as we seek to imitate more and more the life of Jesus. Living a life that is holy and pleasing to God takes on new meaning.
As we continue on our journey of faith the line between outward and inward seems to blur. As this line blurs one comes to see what a life truly lived for Christ looks like. Be faithful to the journey.
Scripture reference: John 15: 9-11