Words to a Christmas carol might not be the most appropriate title for a February blog post. After all, February is the month of romance and love. But on the other hand, who more deserves to be lavished with our love than the babe in the manger we sang about two months ago?
Several times during 2016 God’s Spirit used the word adore when speaking to my heart. He made it very clear that He wanted me to adore Him more than anything else (people or things) of this world. Convicting me that I needed to empty my heart of selfish wants and desires… so there would be abundant room for Him.
When I thought of the word adore, what came to mind was something cuddly and sweet…like a puppy or a baby. When I thought of whom I adored, my husband, sons, granddaughter, and golden retriever immediately came to mind. They are the ones I would most enjoy a hug from or to just sit and cuddle with on the couch.
My computer defines adore as a verb; to love and respect (someone) deeply. I also saw that adore comes from the Latin word adorare which means “to worship.” (Hmmm, cuddle wasn’t one of the definitions.)
Since the Holy Spirit had placed the word adore on my heart, clearly He wanted me to consider it in a different light. Not a cuddly puppy or just any baby, but the magnificence of the babe in the manger. The Son of God.
Several years ago Ann Voskamp wrote, “God’s purposes are not for me to understand His plans; His plan is for me to understand who He is.”
As we understand who God is, we are being sanctified. Sanctification is a progressive work that makes us freer from sin and more like Christ. The end result isn’t simply moral change but a deepening intimacy with Jesus.
Amazingly, as 2016 progressed so did my intimacy with Christ. The women at my church did an entire Bible study on Sanctification, and a word that I valued as being extremely important in my faith walk became part of my everyday thought process.
Sanctify them in truth; your word is truth. John 17:17
So, was my mind being bombarded with the word adore so that I would seek a deeper intimacy with Jesus through His word? If so, His plan was working.
The burning desire for more intimacy with the Son of God couldn’t be extinguished, and I yearned for more of His word. I even began 2017 with a commitment to one of the “Read the Bible in a Year” plans.
2017 also began with a new sermon series at my church on the Book of Colossians, simply titled “Jesus + Nothing.” Colossians 1:15-19 gives an undeniable picture of who Jesus is…
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities… And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.
In this passage preeminent means that Christ is supreme. Above all else. How can one not be full of awe and on bended knee before Him?
The fullness of God dwelled in that babe we sang about just two months ago. He still dwells today in our hearts and in the heavenly realm holding all things together.
He is the one most deserving of the first fruits of our love and respect. Our worship and adoration.
Oh, Come! Let us adore Him.
Please listen to the song below by Sidewalk Prophets. What a beautiful love song to our Lord Jesus Christ!