In the Spirit, there is a dimension to sharing that is not often known. When our Lord Jesus told His apostles, “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” and then poured His Holy Spirit into the church on that beautiful Pentecost Day so many years ago, He eliminated any form or definition of distance between Himself and the person who chooses to be one with Him. That means He is always with us; whatever we do, He also does.
While this feels a bit scary when we fully grasp the consequences of the “never leave you” and the responsibility that brings, I believe we need to look at another aspect of this union in Him.
We can share deeply with one another in the natural and we are familiar with the benefits of those relationships where that is possible. Sometimes that leads to pain within deep fellowship, but it is always worth the price to be close in heart with others. It provides the benefit of hugs and sweet belonging places.
When it comes to opening to the reality of our Lord’s presence – always with us, we find He generously desires to live with us with a sense of His presence — wherever we are and whatever we are doing. We have the capacity of deep sharing with our beloved Lord. When we begin to grasp this, then we can spiritually develop that presence to allow Him access 24/7 as well as learning His emotional delight in us and around us. The word “lonely” doesn’t exist here.
This joy of sharing in His heart is not so much emotion (although it often has an emotional expression in our love with Him), but is instead a deep well of strength. Notice Isaiah 12:2-6 (KJV)
“2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. 3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. 4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. 5 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
Read verse #3 once again. Notice that joy is the container we use to draw the water from the well of salvation. Everything we need is in the “package” of salvation given to us as a gift for the asking from our Lord. Within that salvation is everything we will ever need. The strength to accomplish all He has specified for our day, our “now,” is fully supplied in our relationship in Him, and is accessed by this “joy.” As we open to receive, no matter what our circumstances may be, we find strength in Him, we do not possess on our own. It is a power (the container) to access all He has for us.
As we learn to share our life with Him and in Him, we begin to experience His presence experientially and the strength of that experience in sharing. This experience is possible to access when we set our hearts and minds on things above and not on our matters. (See Colossians 3:1-3)
Learning to share with Him and in Him means not only do I know I am with Him always, but it also tells us that He can now share with me His thoughts and His concerns. When we pray in this perspective, we begin to see how to pray very productively because we “see” it from His point of view easily. Those revelations make our prayer time much more productive and much, much less work.
Beloved, readers, we have much ahead in this relationship in Jesus. Let’s begin to open to this sharing purposefully and allow the sharing in Him to heal the heart. This will begin to release the pain of our living as well as project us forward in the life in the Holy Spirit much more thoroughly than previously experienced.