THURSDAY, MARCH 5
“you will be with me”
Luke 23:43 (NLT2)
BE WITH ME
Jesus’ greatest desire in that moment wasn’t to call down the armies of heaven to rescue Him. Nor was it to give a lecture about the consequences of sin. Instead, the overriding desire in His heart was for this desperate criminal to be with Him in heaven. Jesus didn’t have many breaths left to describe what heaven would be like. So, he boiled it down to its bare essence: “you will be with me.” Don’t speed by these words or you’ll miss the point. Salvation is a relationship. It begins here on earth and continues throughout eternity. Knowing Jesus begins with an invitation by the Holy Spirit at the door of our heart.
To the lukewarm church at Laodicea and to all sinners, Jesus beckons: “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends” (Revelation 3:20 NLT2).
Being a Christ-follower does not primarily mean that you follow a certain set of values or that you perform good deeds. Yes, those things are important, but any lost person can do those things. Jesus wants to be your best friend. He wants to hear from you. He wants you to listen and obey His voice. He wants you to trust Him with your life. The reason that God created you and sent Jesus to die for you was that He wanted a relationship with you.
What habits in your life indicate that you are seeking a relationship with Jesus? What might need to change about your approach to following Christ that could make it more personal?
As you spend time with your best friend Jesus today, take some time to praise Him for being that faithful friend who sticks closer than a brother. Thank Him for being your constant companion and source of strength and joy.