It sounds quite presumptuous but it is true – the Lord Jesus has made a way for us to come directly into the throne room of God and meet with Him. I planned to spend time with the Lord but it actually was a deeper and richer time because I was planning on meeting someone else and they didn’t come. I was thinking and praying about ministry in the lives of others, and reviewing some verses when I saw this passage in a new way:
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
28But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.
Psalm 73:25-28 ESV
All of our ministry – and we are all ministers by the way – is empowered by our relationship with our Redeemer. All I want is God; I just need the Lord to show up! I don’t ever want to lose sight of that fact. Consider also:
And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in you.
Psalm 39:7 ESV
My hope is not in ministry success or the praise of men (John 12:43) – Lord deliver me from that! – but rather my hope is in the Lord who will faithfully complete His work in me and fulfill my desire to serve Him and His church for His glory.
11To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 1:11, 12 ESV