Wow it has been a long time since I have posted something in this blog site. Sorry about the delay but we have been excitedly busy here at the church. We are in full swing passion play preparation mode with sets, props, lights, soundtracks, practices, animals, everything! Not only is the passion play going great but everything here is! Dozens of new families, powerful worship and altar times, amazing times of prayer on Sunday evenings, we are having an amazing time.
Two of the questions that we are constantly asking is why and how. Why are we being favored in this way and how do we not mess it up? It is with a daily sense of wonder that we see and hear the things that God is doing to bless us here at Abundant Life and I think we have discovered the answer to both of those questions as well as stumbling upon how and what we should always strive to be. Let me explain it this way.
Several weeks ago a member of our team related something that happened at their home. Her son who is three likes to crawl into bed with her and her husband. Recently when he did so he remarked in typical three-year-old fashion, “I love ‘da snuggle my family!” Can you feel the warmth and love in that statement? That statement exactly describes the atmosphere that prevails here at Abundant Life. This is a place where our Heavenly Father constantly communicates, “I love ‘da snuggle my family”! This is a place where we are allowed a small sample of what our eternity will be in full.
You see we were never meant to be away from God. In fact we were designed and created to experience the fullness of his presence. However, with the advent of sin mankind lost the blessing of being constantly in the glory and presence of God. Rather than being safe and warm like the parent’s bed of the little boy I referred to, this world became dangerous and hostile to that warmth and love that you and I were designed to always enjoy. It was a tragic loss.
However, Ephesians chapter 1 says that the Holy Spirit is the “earnest of our inheritance”. Earnest used in this way is hardly ever used in our vocabulary today. The only place we use it is in relation to real estate transactions where you give earnest money to secure a future transaction. That’s exactly what’s going on around here.
God is sending the Holy Spirit to “snuggle” his children! This is just a tiny tidbit of what heaven will be in full and people love it! Why? Because they were created to love it! It’s designed into every human being’s emotional, spiritual, and physical DNA. Because people love it, they are drawn to this place where we are enjoying fellowship with our heavenly father as we were created to.
So let me ask you a very serious question. Have you snuggled God yet today?