God asked all of us a powerful question on Sunday, "Where are you?" The reason He is asking is not because He has no idea where you are because He knows exactly where you are. The deeper meaning behind the question really is God wants to know why are we not one with Him, spending time with Him, and desiring to be where He is. God the Father and Jesus have the same desire that we are one with God just as Jesus was one with God.
We need to realize that is the depth of the relationship He wants with us.
The picture below of little boy looking through binoculars is like God "trying" to see where you are. If He has to look through binoculars to find us, we are not right next to Him. When God asks the question to us, "Where are you?" we need to be able to respond, with "Here I am, Lord!" We should not be responding back to God with a lame excuse like Adam did in Genesis 3:10 "10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. " For too long we have been hiding behind things in this world and sin that have caused our relationship to not be what God intended them to be. The only reason Adam hid from God is because something, sin, caused Him to fear having a face to face relationship with Him. Through this message, God wanted to destroy those fears that have kept you from having a face to face relationship with Him and begin being ONE with Him.
Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane before He was put on trial and later crucified this powerful prayer for and about YOU!
John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
Here are some questions I would love for you to answer:
1) Before this message on Sunday what was your answer to God's question, "Where are you?"
2) After this message, what is your answer to God's question, "Where are you?"
3) Why are you answers to question #1 and question #2 different or why are they the same?
4) What changes have you made in your life to become one with God and be an answer to Jesus' prayer?
5) What was your aha moment from this message that is causing you to let this word become life in your life?
Praying that ALL of you become one with the Father,
Rev. Ryan Welker