I am so excited to be able to kick off the book of Revelation. This book of the Bible is so mysterious, yet it possesses so many amazing glimpses of eternity. As I read it, I am filled with the hope of my eternal future. Revelation reveals God’s power, and it also paints a picture of the splendor of Heaven. My imagination goes crazy as I try to picture the vibrant colors, fragrant smells, and glorious songs of praise. Doing so makes life on this earth seem so dull. In Heaven, believers will be truly alive and able to experience the fullness of life. We will no longer see dimly. Wow… I can’t wait! But while I am here on earth, I need to be focused on sharing the love of Jesus with those who do not know Him.
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard a trumpet… (Revelation 1:10)
This verse really struck me. John, exiled to the island of Patmos, was alone. He was isolated from other believers when he received this revelation from the Lord. Verse 10 tells us that John was “in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.” What an incredible example to me of John’s faithfulness. Even though he was alone and separated from other believers, he still remained connected to the Lord. John was found in worship and in the Spirit even though no one was looking.
When I think about my own life, I fail miserably in this area. I mean, I have it all. Our home is filled with dozens of Bibles in various translations. I have a plethora of Christian “self-help” books. I have access to the internet which contains a host of Biblical information. Even my iPhone has the Bible app on it! At any given moment, I have at my disposal basically everything I need to draw near to Him. What I am lacking though, is a willing heart. I am in need of a huge heart transformation. John had nothing with him, but he was able to choose to live in the Spirit. What a remarkable model of a Christ-follower who perseveres in his relationship with his Lord.
God, I pray for a radical change in my heart. Please give me the desire to draw near to You all of the time. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the Great I Am. And You love me completely, knowing that I mess up so very often. I want to be like John and walk in Your Spirit daily. Ignite a fire in my heart, Lord. I want to be recklessly in love with YOU!