Note: This blog post is experts from a book I am reading and is not my own writing. I started reading "We Would See Jesus" by Roy Hession and it ministered to me so much I wanted to share these beautiful truths with you all.
We Would See Jesus
By Roy Hession
"Sir, we would see Jesus" John 12.21
The Lord Jesus has come to take us from every yoke of bondage and set us free to serve Him in freshness and spontaneity of the Spirit, and all this by the simple sight of Him which the Holy Spirit gives to the eye of faith.
There is no limit to what God will do for the poor who look to Him in their nothingness.
My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace, Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God.
“"And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,”
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever. Instead of stressing holiness in order to SEE God, the emphasis is on service FOR God. We have come to think of the Christian life as consisting of serving God as fully and efficiently as we can. Techniques and methods by which we hope to make God's message known, have become the important thing. To carry out this service we need power, and so instead of a longing for God our longing is for power to serve Him more effectively.
Man was brought into being to be the delight of God and the object of His affection. Man knew that he had been created to delight in God and his only concern was to respond to the divine affection, to live for Him and do His will.
To create, God had but to speak, and it was done. But to redeem, He had to bleed. And He did so in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ, whom He sent to take the place of death upon the cross which our sin had so richly deserved.
My goals of service and activity for God fall from the great goal that God purposes for me. To concentrate on service and activity for God may often actively thwart our attaining the true goal, God Himself. At first sight it seems heroic to fling our lives away in the service of God and of our fellows. Service seems so unselfish, whereas concentrating on our walk with God seems selfish and self centered. But it is the very reverse. The things that God is more concerned about are our coldness of heart towards Him and our proud, unbroken natures.
We direly need to leave our lusting for ever larger spheres of christian service and concentrate on seeing God for ourselves and finding the deep answer for life in Him. This does not mean that God does not want us engaged actively in his service. He does; but His purpose is often far different from what we think.
Only God Himself can fill that blank which is made in His shape. As soon as the emphasis is changed from "doing" to "being", there is an easing of tension. If fellowship with God is our first concern, then we can have fellowship with Him in the kitchen, in sickness, in any kind of trying and difficult situation. Whatever lies across our path to be done, even the most irksome chore, is there to be done for God and for His glory. Gone will be the former striving, bondage and frustration. We shall be at peace with our God and ourselves.
Taken from Chapter 1 of 'We Would See Jesus' by Roy Hession.