Religion follows others; Relationship follows Jesus

“The very next day John was there again with two of his disciples as Jesus was walking right past them. John, gazing upon him, pointed to Jesus and said, “Look! There’s God’s Lamb!”

And as soon as John’s two disciples heard this, they immediately left John and began to follow a short distance behind Jesus. Then Jesus turned around and saw they were following him and asked, “What do you want?” They responded, “Rabbi (which means, Master Teacher), where are you staying?” Jesus answered, “Come and discover for yourselves.” So they went with him and saw where he was staying, and since it was late in the afternoon, they spent the rest of the day with Jesus.”

‭‭John‬ ‭1:35-39‬ ‭TPT‬‬

I may have mentioned that my Grammy went on to be with Jesus.

That was her life’s mission..

To be in His Presence.

She did her best, while on this earth, to remain in His Presence at all times.

(Not that His Presence ever leaves, but the awareness of it may vary)

Her favorite place to be was at church.

Her life revolved around the church and spreading the Righteousness of Christ around to others, including me.

There would have been a time, not long ago, that the thought of living this side of heaven would be gruesome without her.

Although I miss her already, my Father prepared me for her absence in my life.

By cultivating a hunger for Jesus.

I loved my Grammy.

And I loved her love for Jesus and for others, but what I found,

Was that of John’s disciples…..

They followed John,

Right up to Jesus.

And from there…

They followed HIM.

I love what Jesus asked them as He turned towards them for the first time:

“What do you want?”

It really holds weight with me as He asked me that same question not long ago.

“What do I want with Jesus?”

I remember the first time that I knew He was what I had always been looking for.

No one this side of Heaven could ever be what He Is.

Pure Love.

Pure Grace.

Pure Truth.

Pure.

I wanted pure.

I had been hurt and therefore I was hurting others.

I wanted out of bondage.

I wanted Free from shame and guilt.

I wanted Someone who really loved me.

I had found Him.

But truth is, He had always been My Pursuer.

John didn’t find those Disciples and then they found Jesus…

God prepared John with the Truth they were looking for.

That’s what made it easy when they left off with John and started their own journey with Jesus.

I really believe this is utmost important that I share this.

I had someone say to me the other day, and it’s not the first time,

“If she ( my Grammy) didn’t make it, then who would?”

Make it to heaven that is….

That’s a religious statement if I’ve ever heard one.

And it made me sad.

You see, My Grammy and Papa were like Jesus in the flesh to me.

As close as I had ever saw Him,

But they were still flesh.

The only Perfect One, came to this imperfect world, born of a Virgin and became my Perfect Sacrifice.

It’s great to follow those who are following Christ,

But I believe there has to come a point where if they fail,

And they may,

That you keep on following Christ.

I love that the Holy Spirit saw fit to write about the dad who brought his demon possessed son to Jesus,

After,

The disciples failed to cast the demon out.

The disciples moved on, and so did the man with His Son.

They all came up Higher, and healed, because they all had their own relationship with Jesus.

So, I believe Jesus is asking you today…

“What do you want?”

I pray, like those disciples that day,

You answer… “where will you be, Jesus?”

“Your presence is all I’m after.”

In His Presence, you’ll find the Fulness of Joy.

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