He was up and dressed first thing this morning. Rushing out into the crisp morning to shove his mud-caked boots on. “Did you check ’em Daddy? Do you guess we are going to get one?” When he’s not in such a hurry, he’s been known to take a survey of the whole house before going to check.
While he delights in anything outside and anything outside with a trap is even more exciting, what my son loves most of all is time with his Daddy. Most little boys are not necessarily eager to set mole traps, mow the lawn, or weed the garden for hours on a weekend. But for AJ, all of those things bring him joy, because he knows that those are the things that will guarantee him concentrated one-on-one time with Daddy. Because AJ and Josh share a close, loving relationship, AJ processes anything Josh suggests through his mindset which has been shaped by that bond.
Just like this little boy with his daddy, we as children of God should be all the more willing to do anything during our day to stay as close as we can to our Heavenly Father. Time with Him should be our top priority and His love for us should be the filter in which our whole mindset is formed.
The Psalmist writes “But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works” (73:28). “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (16:11).
In the presence of God, we are equipped with the confidence we need to do the jobs he has given us. We will have a love for His ways and desire to be used by Him. We see this in the relationship between God the Father and Jesus Christ. In John 14, Jesus is talking to the disciples when He says: “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves (vs 10-11). Also in John 16, Jesus reminds them that although they (the disciples) will leave, He will never be alone because the Father is in Him.
Any believer can have this very same confidence because God lives in us also (John 14:20). We continue to abide in God and He will make His abode with us (vs 23) and we become so in-tune with Him that we will be able to successfully obey. “But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did” (1 John 2:5-6).
When we are in the presence of God, pushing into deeper knowledge of Him, we will know His will. “We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…(Colossians 1:9-10).
Living in light of God’s presence will create thankfulness. “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:6-7).
As you overflow with thankfulness, keep pressin’ into the Father. His presence will fill you and be the fullness of all joy.