"And now, children, stay with Christ. Live deeply in Christ ..."
1 John 2:28-29 (The Message)
I just discovered this wonderful rendering of The Word of God, from The Message.
When I read this, it captured my heart. I so want to do this and so often fail. It got me thinking - what exactly does it mean to "live deeply in Christ"? I haven't figured all of that out yet, but, I love the call of God to come close to Him, to His Son, to go deep in the waters of His love, not just put a toe in. He wants all of us, not just a little bit. Sometimes, I find that hard to do - I want to keep parts of me back. But, when I do, I always pay the price.
When I run into a razor blade that shreds my life, I run to the One who shelters me, encourages me, keeps me from the destruction that is threatening me from out of nowhere. At times like that, I want to go as deep as I can into the sheltering arms of my Savior. I don't want Him "just a little". I want all of Him. I need all of Him. I ask Him to forgive me for my half-hearted love affair with Him. I thank Him over and over and over again that He is not a fickle, on and off again, lover.
Lord, teach me your ways. Lord stay with me. Keep me deeply in the center of Your will.