"But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who so wondrously reached out for me." The Message
What I love about this Scripture:
The beautiful imagery. I can see Him standing there on the other side of the canyon. He's not passive in His waiting for me to get to Him. He's active while He waits...reaching out for me. For you.
He's willing to stretch out His arms, take me by my hands and guide me to where He is.
I mean, isn't that our hope? The hope of Heaven to be where He is. We are His possession; His peculiar people; set apart for His good purpose and pleasure.
"Believers make Christ all in all, and set their hearts upon another world." Matthew Henry
This isn't some grand ordeal. It is so basic, really. He is simply reaching out to me and me clinging onto Christ (who is my life) in total dependence and wholly surrender.
That's the goal for me; to be like Christ is every way; to give up self (daily) in total surrender to what He has for me. To reach out for Him with everything that is within me. To know Him and make Him known.
This is my constant endeavor.
I know His ways are higher than mine and He can be trusted with all the cares of my heart. He even can be trusted with my whole heart because He is gentle and trustworthy. He makes my life have meaning.
On my own I am imperfect but in Christ He covers me with His perfection (Hebrews 10:14). I am justified in Him, His law is now written on my heart and He has promised to remember my sins no more.
He has made me His very own. No longer am I wondering who I am and who I belong to. No longer living to please and serve self. I'm living now for Jesus who paid it all for me to live with Him and love Him for all of eternity.
I am worth something to Him and He is worth everything to me.
Captivate us, Lord Jesus, set our hearts on You. Devastate us with Your Presence, falling down, and Rushing River, draw us nearer, Holy Fountain consume us with You, captivate us, Lord Jesus, with You. *Amen.
(*Lyrics: Captivate Us by Watermark)