But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:..And of His fullness have we all received, and grace for grace. John 1:12, 16
This morning as I sat in my mercy seat and waited on God, I realized how much I longed for Him. My Thanksgiving was incredibly blessed with family visits and fun, laughter and memories, and reconnecting those precious bonds that are stretched by the physical distance that separates our day-to-day lives. I love to host and to serve, but my pre-dawn time to simply sit in the glorious Presence and wait for His epiphany were cut short in my bustling household. I know people who think I have sinned to neglect my daily interface with the Almighty. I don’t feel sinful. I just feel empty and a little tired. I feel the post-holiday letdown, and I feel out of touch with the One I love.
And as I told Him how much I missed Him, and how strong the longing in my heart is to hear His voice this morning, I did feel tempted to chide myself. I have neglected. I have not dug deep into the Magnificent Word where His voice often appears. I have not sought the Lord with my whole heart for several days. So of course the emptiness is deserving.
The Spirit shook my silly self-centered thinking with a single word—“Receive.” God is always giving to me. He is always speaking, and I delight to hear Him in the gifts He gives—this week through distant family and the gift of fellowship, adult conversation with people who know me intimately and love me deeply. It was His gift which I received with His pleasure.
And this morning, He had a new gift for me. “And as many as received Him, to them gave He power…” “Receive,” He told me. Simply open your heart and your hands and your schedule, and your priorities, and your unmet needs, and…receive! His gift today is new power–strength and health. It is healing for my family. It is answered prayers. It is a new year fast approaching, full of delightful mornings of conversation that He has planned for us.
A few verses later, my friend Jesus talks about you. “And of His fullness we have all received…” You can come to Him and sit at the mercy seat. Open your mind and your heart, and His gift to you is His fullness! All of us! I have not yet experienced Him to the full. He has more of Himself to give, and I have been welcomed into His presence to receive!
I did nothing special this morning, only what I usually do every morning, looking to God to be led to a day of significance. He never fails. He is not angry at my busyness over the holiday. And this morning I received His fullness in exchange for my emptiness, and I am a powerful son of the living God!
Will you open your heart to receive Him today? His Presence is the source of my life. He longs to give to you His fullness as well.