We Cannot Love, Rest, and Rejoice in Jesus too Much

     Though you have not seen him (Jesus), you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.1 Pet. 1:8-9 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, this explosive declaration by Peter is exactly what our dull and distractible hearts need on this first Sunday of March. His words are heart-convicting, joy-fueling, and hope-igniting. By your Spirit, refresh and deepen our love for you. Light us up, Lord.

More than ever, we crave the Day when knowing you in part will give way to knowing you fully, Jesus—the Day when seeing you will no longer require faith or imagination, waiting or repentance. Hasten the grace-full moment we will see you as you are and will finally become like you (1 John 3:1-3). We are ready for the Day when the process of our sanctification becomes the Day of our glorification.

Jesus, everything we already know about you fills our hearts with awe, worship, and joy. But there’s so much more to see and know. We’re mere babes-in-the-woods of gospel-wonder; neophyte prospectors of the riches of the gospel; children with water wings, wading into the bottomless ocean of your grace and love. Continue to open the eyes of our hearts, Jesus. Expand our capacity for loving and marveling at you, Lord.

The peace we feel from being known, pursued, and loved by the Creator of all things is immeasurable. The delight born from knowing you gave your life for us—fulfilling the law, taking our judgment, becoming our righteousness—is incomparable. The anticipation we feel, as we ponder your return—Bridegroom for his bride, Lover for his beloved, Friend of sinners for chief sinners, is transformative.

Until that Day, keep us hungry and thirsty for yourself, Lord Jesus. May every idol we reach for fail us miserably, and all our broken cisterns remain broken and dry. Only you, Jesus, are enough, only you. So very Amen we pray, in your peerless and precious name.



from Scotty Smith Posts – The Gospel Coalition http://ift.tt/2oOeLsk


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