Our preference for the Lord’s presence here on earth provides a simple snapshot of our desire to be in His presence in heaven. If we don’t love to be with Jesus now, it could be a major sign of our preference for the world over Him. The fact is, when I get to heaven, my choice will be revealed and I shouldn’t be surprised by it.
If we’re seeking His presence now while on earth, we’re likely to live in His presence in heaven. If we don’t seek the presence of Christ now, we probably won’t be in His presence in heaven. A very sober thought indeed!
The Presence of the Lord
The sheer weight of this responsibility in our lives is huge. And the repercussions of our earthly actions are too broad in scope not to sit up and take notice. We aren’t going to enter into our heavenly Reward in a slovenly manner. Our actions and choices will be deliberate. Either we will deliberately seek and find Christ’s Life, or we will deliberately deny Him. It is just that cut and dry.
Even while doing major work for Him, we can be preferring something over Him. I have learned that some of the most diligent Christian workers are actually working themselves away from Jesus, not to Him. Effort and activity don’t indicate a preference for Christ; they merely reveal our exertion.
Imagine, I could bust my hump in service to the Lord and it not be about the Lord at all! This has been my experience and observation as I have walked with Jesus. Service evidences nothing about the aim of the heart. On the contrary, sometimes it actively obscures it.
Way into His Presence
In truth, seeking the Lord can actually be some of the simplest work. Notice I used the term “simple,” but not easy. The work is stopping, fixing our gaze on Jesus, and listening to His voice. God our Father desires this more than we might expect, and He has made a Way into His presence through His Son. The reason this might not be easy is that we often don’t like to wait and lay aside our doings in order to court His favor. It is a stark choice for God over self.
Christ opened the Way for us to experience intimate fellowship with our heavenly Father. A high price was paid so that we could enter into the Holy of Holies, the very presence of God. Jesus says, “Come freely, my friends! The Way has been paid!” I don’t have to earn it, but I do have to believe it. With this stellar offering, why wouldn’t I run to receive? Our preference for the presence of Christ is a receiving of the Father’s Gift. It will be fulfilled with Reward and blessing. Scripture says that we will find God when we seek for Him with all our hearts. And it is in Him where we find Life, Love and fullness of Joy.
You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11 ESV
You have said, “Seek My face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
Psalm 27:8 ESV
You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 ESV