Each time when I write to you I put forth two goals for myself: firstly, I want to comfort you and root you in persuasion that we are assured of the best care, better than we can imagine and that it can be experienced in such a difficult time as now. And secondly, I always dream to encourage you to think deeper and more about our relations with God.
Where do these assumptions come from? For me, these assumptions come from the fact of the time of pandemic, and all restrictions caused by it. From one side I got even greater assurance of His care and guidance, but at the same time, I analyse more my spirituality that draws me closer to the Lord in every moment.
But all this brought me to the important question: What does my Saviour expect from me now? What kind of person does He want me to be? I’d like to write to you how I understand what He expects from us.
— Jesus never desires more than all our hearts, to change them for a new ones, from the stony
ones, into ones of flesh (Ezekiel 11:19; 36:26).
— Jesus desires that we’ll depend on Him in 100%, and not only at times when we feel
hopeless. He wants us to depend on Him always and in everything (Matthew 11:28).
— Jesus wants to put on us His robe of righteousness, what means to impute His works to us, to
which, as ap. Paul said we are created (Revelation 3:18; Ephesians 2:10).
— Jesus desires our gratefulness as a natural reaction for His gifts, His care and His protection
— Jesus desires our assurance of victory that He Himself promised to give us, based on His
victory, and this is what the assurance of salvation is (1 John 5:4,12).
— Jesus wants us to rejoice because of the time spent with Him, as well as joy coming from
keeping the Sabbath and living only for Him (1 Thessalonians 5:16; Galatians 2:20).
— Jesus’ desire is that everything He wants for us will bring the fruit in our life in obedience to His
will, expressed so clearly in His commandments (Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:10,11).
I know that looking on the desires of Jesus you have noticed that in fact He is doing everything in us, so the question appears: What belongs to us? This is only one thing that paradoxically seems to be the most difficult: our decision to live only for Him. But it’s worth a lot, as just this one decision brings so many blessings and such great joy. A decision that should be taken everyday anew, with growing knowledge of its value. And if the present time and situation helps us in it, so let us praise God for this time.
I wish you such experience with all my heart.
Pastor Roman Chalupka