We all want to spend eternity with God. We just don’t want to spend time with Him. We stand and state from a distance, satisfied with superficiality. But disciples are people who follow Jesus the Master. And, to be a true disciple you simply cannot follow Him from a distance. If you do, you can’t hear what He is saying or see what He is doing. By the time you arrive to where He stopped the event will have ended.
As disciples we have to make some changes. We Facebook more than we seek His face. We text more than we study. And our eyes are not fixed on Jesus. They’re fixed on our iPhones and iPads – emphasis on “i.” Then we wonder why God feels so distant. It’s because we are following at a distance. We wonder why we are bored with our faith. It’s because we are not walking with Jesus. There are a number of reasons for this but when push comes the shove it is because we have not made Him Lord. Saviour, yes! Lord, no! And so we run our lives the way we want to and not the way He planned it.
We are taught to get saved and avoid Hell. But, we are not told to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.” We want the benefits without obligations. We want blessings without responsibilities. We want joy without sacrifice. We want character without suffering. We want success without failure. We want gain with pain. We want a testimony without the test. We want Jesus the Saviour without embracing Him as Lord.
A.W. Tozer said, “Eternity will not be long enough to learn all He is, or to praise Him for all He has done.” But you don’t get to know Jesus by looking at Him from a distance. You have to hike into the depths of His power and the heights of His holiness. You have to find pleasure in His presence and peace in His purpose for your life. And this will take time and effort and begins with taking a single Spirit-led step of faith in God’s direction.
It is time to snuggle up to God and watch Him snuggle up to you. Staring from a distance will no longer suffice.