Monday April 19,
Text: Psalm 13 verse 10 to 17
Theme: Power of Proximity
The power of proximity talks about the benefits of being close to the master, Jesus. In this passage, the disciples are privileged to have Jesus speak to them in plain terms without figures of speech. Jesus gives a teaching to the multitude by using a parable. It Is obvious that they can’t figure out the message, yet they did not ask for the explanation. However, because of the close proximity of the disciples to Jesus, they did not only ask for the explanation but also boldly asked Jesus why he speaks to the crowd in this manner.
Education, knowledge, wisdom, beauty, charisma and eloquence are so wonderful qualities, nevertheless they can never take the place of an intimate relationship with Jesus. Many people know Jesus from afar. Some only know him as the miracle worker and the multiplier of food…what do you know him as?
In verse 12 Jesus answered,
‘because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven; to them it has not been given’.
What can you make of this answer? Does it mean that Jesus is partial or gives preferential treatment? No! Rather he cannot contradict himself. For:
to the faithful he shows himself faithful, to the blameless he shows himself blameless and to the crooked he shows himself shrewd. ( Psalm 18:25-36)
Jesus says in other words, draw close to me and I will draw close to you.
So what? The secret counsel of the lord belong to those that fear him; kingdom treasures to those that are close to the king. Being a Christian is not the same as being born again as some claim. ‘You must be born again!’ Jesus said to Nicodemus even though he was one of the religious leaders of his days. This is the first step to being in close proximity with Christ. Your status notwithstanding, you must allow Jesus to wash you as he washed the disciples by coming to him daily. It is the person who goes to the stream that gets a washing in the stream
In conclusion, Jesus washes us through his word the water of regeneration and by his holy spirit to make us fit to be part of his kingdom. If he doesn’t wash you, then, you’re non of his. If you are not his then, you can’t expect to have the secrets of the kingdom divulged to you. Therefore, if you want the power of close proximity and a close intimate relationship, then give him your life in it’s entirety. Seek to know him more everyday. Hunger for him and he will come to you as he does to all who earnestly seek him.