and the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people…(Lev 9:23).
Aaron and Moses did something great for the people of Israel. Through their dedication, obedience, preparation and reverence they brought the nation into an experience with God.
I want to bring people into an experience with God. I long for people, especially youth, to taste and see that the Lord is good. I know He’s alive and active, but why is it that it’s rare for us to experience Him in our daily lives or draw others into a true, life-giving experience with the living God? Could it be that we ourselves are not preparing our own hearts to experience Him? Are we so busy, that we lean into our schedules and our idols instead of HIs grace? Are we so concerned about our church programs, making them cutting edge, instead of leaning into the simplicity of the Holy Spirit to work in our midst?
Those times when I have experienced God the most was never because my program was outwardly worthy of adoration. It was always because I created simple space for God to move. I brought people into a quiet place with Him. I expounded His word with great grace and power through the Holy Spirit or I leaned into the gifts of others in the areas that I lacked them. This is when I’ve seen God’s power most beautifully displayed. It’s so simple, yet so beautiful. There’s no flashing lights, or extravagant show. There’s just the bare bones of what really matters within our faith; quietness, rest, reverence for His word, repentance of sin and love for His people.
So if you want to usher your loved ones into an experience with God, create space for stillness in their lives. Where they an hear from God. Create a place for them to come and share their brokenness and being will to first, share your own. Surround others with the life-changing power of the word of God and watch has their hearts start to come alive, not because of over stimulation or some mountaintop experience. But simply because they have learned to drink daily, from the fountain of the Father’s love.
Lord, I long to bring others into an experience with God. I long to experience you daily. To drink from your love and be forever changed by it’s power. Help me, God, to run to you, the well that never runs try, in Jesus name, Amen.