“…they exchanged their glorious God for something disgraceful.” Hosea 4.7
When God spoke these words to the priests of the land, he was giving them a glimpse of his vision when he looked at their lives. He was saying that he could see the potential and what could be shining out of them, but they had let it go.
There is probably an element of truth in this for all of us. I don’t think Jesus would want to call us disgraceful, but perhaps he does look at our lives and see that there could be more. There could be more awareness of the Father’s love, more yielding to his grace and more times of turning to him to find his presence. What we do have in common with the priests who were being addressed in this verse is that the decision is ours.
There is always more. The words of Jesus, ‘Come to me’, are a continual refrain urging us to turn and find the ‘more’ that he offers. How much more is there? In any situation you face today, if Jesus was standing in your shoes what could happen? This is how much more there is.
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