I have a friend who would travel to the beach for vacation and "never" walks on the beach, never even gets their feet wet. Now I admit that a screened porch with a good book near the ocean is one of my favorite places, but at some point you must not just hear it, or just see it. You have to at the very least feel sand in between your toes and have it washed away by the warm surf.
I'm sure others would have me wind sailing or surfing. But at some level, we must get into the water to really experience the ocean.
C.S. Lewis writes, "If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire; if you want to get wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to. or even into the thing that has them. They are not the sort of prize God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone." Mere Christianity.
So here are some words from or about Jesus.
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Matthew 3:11
for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:29
but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14
Here are the words of Jesus inviting you and me to experience His Joy, His Power, His Peace, and Eternal Life
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses Acts 1:8a
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. John 14:27a
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3:36
JESUS' INVITATION TO RELATIONSHIP
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20
May we "experience" Him today!!!