How Close Is He?
A real friend sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).
Our two sons, Zac and Brad, now grown and serving our dear Lord in ministry, mean more to me than I could ever begin to put into words, and God has taught me much through them.
One day when they were small, as I was preparing a message, Zac suddenly appeared with a stack of books and sat down across the table from me. I sensed the warmth of his love, even though he didn't want to interrupt my study.
My heart melted, and I broke the silence: "Zac, I want you to know how much it means to me that you have come to sit with me."
He replied, "Daddy, that's the reason I've come. I just want to be with you."
Suddenly, for the first time in my life, I really understood how the great heart of our loving God longs for fellowship with man. If I delight in my sons and long to be with them and tell them that I love them and care for them, surely God's delight in us is infinitely greater because His capacity for love is so much greater.
One of the most amazing benefits of Christ's great sacrifice is that we, mere mortals, can actually have fellowship with Him. "God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful" (1 Corinthians 1:6, NIV).
Paul again speaks of this fellowship, along with grace and God's great love: "May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all" (2 Corinthians 13:14, NIV).
Too often we think of God "way up there" and us "way down here" and forget that He is actually with us and in us, as He promised. We can literally have fellowship with Him!
One of the delights of my own life has been to fellowship and walk with the incomparable, peerless, holy Son of God representing Father, Son, Holy Spirit -- the Trinity -- and know that He is with me closer than my hands and feet and the air I'm breathing.
As we walk in love, faith, and obedience, He reveals the secrets of His plan and His promises to us. Some of the greatest ideas that have catapulted the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ into world influence came during those quiet moments of reverence and worship when God Himself would speak to my mind with ideas that were profound and revolutionary. Not the least of which is the Four Spiritual Laws, which have been printed in almost 3 billion copies and distributed in more than 200 languages in all countries of the world. Our JESUS film has been viewed by over 5 billion, 500 million in 812 languages.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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