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I came across this video early this morning and i was so encouraged. This video may be old but the whole point of why this video really stood out to me will never grow old. As you can see, thousands of believers, who love Jesus found secret meeting places to express their love for Jesus due to the communist society they lived in. The lengths in which these people went just to worship and be in the presence of God is humbling and astonishing. They could be anywhere else but they chose to be in Gods presence.
Their desire and yearn for Jesus, even though if caught would cost them their lives is what makes me ask myself…Where has my hunger gone? Not that we don’t desire Christ daily, or we don’t love him deeply, but I think so many of us (myself included) have settled into this place of convenience and complacency with God because we have such quick and easy access to him. With online Bibles only being a click away, christian book stores only being a few minutes drive, or the luxury of having a physical Bible right in front of us in the comfort of our homes. We are so spoiled with having everything at our reach that we sometimes only make time for God when we feel like it, not because we desperately crave more of Him. These people sat and listened to a teaching for hours a day, and still felt it was not enough. Yet, we complain and get restless when Sunday service exceeds a minute after the two hour mark!
Even with no Bibles, no money, and no freedom to live out their faith boldly, these people met for hours and wanted more and more of Jesus. Again I ask….where has my hunger gone? Maybe because we have it all at the palm of our hands we fail to see the value in being free to live a bold life of faith. We take God for granted because we have access to Him without restraint. Online Bibles, open churches, christian materials, christian merch. The list goes on.
I love Jesus with every fibre in my being, but I think I too have allowed the convenience & complacency of our culture affect the way I live my life and live out my faith. May God help me daily to have a deep yearning for him. Despite the culture I live in, despite the luxury of having access to Him no matter the time of day. There is a great work God is doing right now, and all God desires is a people groaning and travailing for more of him. I don’t think I ever really grasped desire until now. Its one thing to want more of God, and its another to desire Him. When we desire God nothing gets in the way. If these people won’t let a government rule stop them from seeking God, what more those of us with the freedom to do so?
I pray we all know a quickening in our search and desire for more of him. I’m extremely encouraged and I hope you are too.💕
Psalm 73:25 “Whom have I in heaven but you? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.”