• Jason Wade


17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:17

As each day passes, it reminds us that we have one less day to make a difference in this world. I have written these words countless times, and every time I do, I remind myself that I need to dig a little deeper into the Word of God. There is so much that we take for granted in this world, and my life is no different. There is always the woulda, coulda, shoulda moments that we reflect back on and ask what if we would have done life differently. Yesterday in our service we celebrated All Saints Day. It is an opportunity to reflect on the lives of those that have passed away over the last year. It does not mean that they lived a perfect life. It does not mean that their life did not matter. What it means is that it was an opportunity to recognize the spirit of God in their lives and the legacy that they have passed on for us to carry to the next stage.

I can guarantee that many would have loved to have another day to say I love you, I miss you, I'm sorry, or so many other phrases. I guarantee that many of us would have loved to have one more conversation on the phone or in person but our lives and our schedules

precluded us from taking the time that we needed to slow down and truly step into the moment that God wanted to create within our community. It is all about trying to gain a deeper connection with the people we know and the people we have just met. God is desiring for us to dig deeper into a relationship that He so desperately desires with us. Yesterday, I used the example of dating a person versus marrying them. When we date people, we almost always see their best. Unless we date for a long time, we really only get to know the most service level or their existence. We don't see them in their worst moments. But when we get married, it is a completely different scenario. We see, sometimes for the first time, the real person they are. I always ask these questions of the couples that I have the privilege to marry these questions: "How does he/she squeeze their toothpaste", How do they place their dirty clothes", and finally "How do they cook and clean after a mea?" I know that for many of us those seem a little out there, but it is really in the small things you find the real people that may have been hiding behind a mask the whole time.

In Paul's writing today, we see that exact same desire that Paul wants for us both personally and for the Church. Paul has a desire that we will continue to dig deeper into a relationship with God. His desire is that we just don't know about God, but that we are called to intimately get to know God on all levels. One of the easiest ways we can do this is through looking at the nature and character of Christ. Jesus was always ready and willing to meet with people. He was never concerned about building Himself up, but finding ways to connect others with His Father. He continued to seek out people that were on the outside the outliers and shared with them the truth about who they were and the beauty they held inside. He always met their physical needs first, including the disciples, and once the physical needs were met, He would walk with them and pour into their Spiritual needs. Jesus was the intimate incarnation of God and shows us the deep love and desire that God wants with us. God could have easily said that we were not worth His time, but instead He went all in and gave us the ultimate sacrifice through Jesus.

So all I am asking for all of us today is that we take hold of every moment. I pray that we will see the importance of digging deeper into the relationship that God so desires through not just reading about it but applying it in our lives. I pray that we will no longer take for granted

one second, because it is one second less that we will have to not only share the Gospel to the world, but also the opportunity that we may have to spend with our family, friends, and even strangers. We are all given only a short time on this earth which is easily defined by the dash seen on our tombstones between our date of birth and death. I pray that you will live life to glorify God to the fullest and recognize that the anger, the battles, the pride, the hate and the displacement that we have all faced is not worth losing another second of a joy filled life with God. You are an amazing masterpiece and God continues to give us every opportunity today to step into that love. I close today with the words of the song lyrics I used yesterday. I pray that it will be a challenge for us as it is for me. "Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful. May the fire of our devotion light their ways. May the footprints that we leave, lead them to believe, and the lives we live inspire them to obey. Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful. May you take the time today to step into God's presence.

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