Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Can you imagine a more glorious Easter Sunday? The sky was bright and clear, the sun was shining (at least in the afternoon), the birds were singing, the flowers were all in bloom…… God did a fantastic job of showing us His splendor. On top of all of that, the message in our church services was the best news you could ever get: “Jesus has taken your sins to the cross, paid the price for your debt of sin, and risen from the dead to intercede at God’s right hand for you as He prepares the glory that awaits all believers!!!!!” How could we not stand and cheer a message like this?
But too quickly we forget. Today is a new day. Back to life, back to work, back to the craziness in our families and our world.
Today we need to remember the words, above, from the author of the book of James – draw near to God and he will draw near to you. He will install a continuous cleaning cycle not just for our hands, but for our hearts and minds as well. If He can raise Jesus from the dead, and create a message and Church that has survived 2000 years of persecution, He can change our lives too. But we have to draw near to Him and let Him draw near to us.
Yes, Lent with its sacrifices and concentrated devotionals is over, but let’s commit ourselves to the same vigilance in our spiritual life for the remainder of the year. Let’s not fall back into old patterns just because a season is over. Let’s continue to draw near to God by reading our Bibles regularly; treating our body’s as the temple of the Lord; praying unceasingly not only for our needs, but in praise and thanksgiving; and finding time just to be quiet with the Lord. I pray that the Holy Spirit gives us all the desire and strength to draw near to the One who can continue to change our lives.