We transition from darkness into light through the transformation of our beings. The forces that bound us to that darkness would like to convince us that being comfortable in that position is a good thing, don’t mess this up.
Jesus calls us into Deeper Waters to a more vibrant, fulfilling walk with Him where the waters are ever deeper and strong!
I delight to do your will, my God, and your instruction is deep within me.
Psalms 40:8 (CSB)
A greater depth of spirit is something that we as Disciples of Jesus Christ must come to thirst for more and more. While there isn’t a term ‘depth of spirit’ in the pages of the Bible when we look at the context and central message of the Word of God it’s about a relationship between us and the Creator, Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Passage after passage calls for us to immerse ourselves deeper and deeper in that relationship, His Word His Love, and passion for the souls of humanity.
I have sought you with all my heart; don’t let me wander from your commands. I have treasured your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.
Lord, may you be blessed; teach me your statutes. With my lips I proclaim all the judgments from your mouth.
I rejoice in the way revealed by your decrees as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and think about your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
Psalms 119:10-16 (CSB)
Depth, “ I have treasured your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.” You can’t read through Psalms from beginning to end and not come back with a sense that the writers of the Psalms, not only understood the need to go deeper in their relationship with God but that the desire to do so was central to that relationship.
As with any relationship, if it isn’t growing deeper over time, then it has stagnated, just as water soon stagnates sitting still in a pool. The potential of a stagnated relationship faltering and dissolving into a routine is extremely high. We must constantly seek to go into deeper waters and strengthen that bond of Love and Grace that brought us to the point of redemption in the first place.
There simply is no accommodation to meet the minimum requirements and you’re done. The minimum requirement is that there is no limit attached to our ever-deepening relationship with Jesus.
Too often there is the reliance on Grace to the extent that the commitment of surrender seems to be dismissed.
There is no Grace if we do not surrender and place our faith and trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sin. To say that we have Grace because we called on the name of Jesus is as foolish as those who would tag on to the end of their prayers “In Jesus name, Amen”, without making the investment in obedience to Jesus that allows us to ask in His name!
I’m not saying it is wrong to ask in Jesus name, but it is so much more than reciting the words. It goes directly back to the true vine and the branches. If we are not holding on to that vine with all our ability and making sure that we are tapped deep into it for our sustenance, then we are not ‘In Him’ and He is not ‘In us’.
It is only when we are coexisting with Christ that we have the opportunity to ask in His name as we are then identified not only with Christ, but it is Christ that is visible to God The Father and everyone around us.
Why would we think that He would place His Spirit in us if this were only to be a casual relationship?
No, His Spirit is in the heart of the believer so that there may be an indelible, unwavering, growing, and ever deeper desire to dive into the fathoms of His Love and Grace.
I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:16-19 (CSB)
The fullness of God! That is the depth that we must be seeking as Disciples. Not just a taste of the wine but to drink from that well of Living Water that flows within us till we can consume no more. Sharing the bounty of joy, love, and compassion that is derived from that stream. Then drink again, and again and again. Ever deeper, ever fuller, ever more consumed by the desire to love Jesus more and more.
His love and Grace is endless in its fullness and we can never exhaust it, let alone fully comprehend it. The best we can do is to know that we only are thriving on a portion of it and there is more, abundant and free for the asking.
As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so I long for you, God.
I thirst for God, the living God.
Psalms 42:1-2a (CSB)
Is that thirst present in your relationship with Jesus? Do you have a relationship with Jesus?
All that do have relationships with Christ Jesus, should feel that thirst for ever more depth in that relationship. We should be waking up each day to a new opportunity to reach out for His hand and move into ‘Deeper Water’.