Excerpt from Mike Bickle at IHOP KC…
“None of us have an option when it comes to whether or not our lives will be wasted. The only option we have is how we will waste them. All of us will waste our lives either in sin and compromise, passivity, and the cares of this life, or we will waste them on Jesus…
How do you waste your life on Jesus? It’s not secret. Get a vision to live this way. Then spend time in His presence. Reject sin. Cry out to Him in prayer. Fill your heart with the word until it is filled with the things that fill God’s heart. Abandon yourself to Him. Intimacy with God takes time, and there is no substitute for waiting in His presence. Like Mary, choose to forgo some of the less important things going on around you to make more time to cultivate a relationship with Him. Rearrange your schedule to make time for Him.
Why don’t you take my hand and come with me just for a moment? Stand here and gaze through the door John opened for us into that invisible world. It is the world you and I will be living in tomorrow – the world where we will be living in ten billion years from now.
There! do you see it? A rainbow-encircled throne! Seated upon the throne is the One who lives forever and ever. Amid the seven lamps of fire burning before the throne do you see those living creatures? Can you hear them crying, “Holy, holy holy”? Watch now! When the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to Him who was and who is and who is to come, the twenty-four white-robed elders will prostrate themselves before the throne, worshipping God.
Do you see Him? The lamb who purchased men for God with His own blood and made them to be a kingdom and priests to God. He is there. Look! Listen! Surrounding the throne, the living creatures, the elders, and the Lamb are thousand and thousands of angels, and they are all crying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever” (Rev. 5:13). Do you hear them? Can you see the great cloud of witnesses, composed of believers of all ages, assembling as only mighty nation?
Would you like to walk up before the throne and bow down? We can. We do not have to draw back in fear or shame. There besides the Father is Christ, our high priest. He understands our weaknesses and infirmities. He sympathizes with our liability to the assaults or temptation, for He has been tempted in every respect as we are, but without sinning.
There is no need to be timid. We are not trespassing on forbidden ground. We have actually been invited to come here. I’ve read the invitation myself, and it says we mayfearlessly, confidently, boldly draw near to God’s throne of grace that we may receive mercy for our failures and find grace to help us in out time of need (Heb. 4:14-16).
Since we have been invited, I come to the throne often to meditate, to gaze, to expose my spirit to the majesty and eternity and holiness of our glorious King and to put earthly things into eternal perspective. I bring my needs and cares, my confessions and commitments, my appeals and my attainments and present them to Him. I watch as they rise like sweet-smelling incense before the Lord.
May the Lord fill you with passion for Jesus.”