Will Jesus Pass You By?
Do you sometimes hope that Jesus will reach out and touch you as He is passing by? Do you hear people share how He touched them and you wish He would touch you too? Then you are not alone. So many are hoping the same thing. I used to feel that way too, but no more.
I remember growing up singing the words of a heart-moving hymn, “Pass me not, O Gentle Savior. Here my humble plea. While on others thou art calling, do not pass me by.” It’s a powerful song that often moves people to tears. Unfortunately, it contradicts the Gospel and moves people to doubt the Word of God. I used to sing it, but no more! Why? Because now I know Jesus can not pass me by.
Listen to what Jesus said to His disciples:
I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. (John 14:16-20 NASB)
It could not be more clear. He promises that He will not merely abide “with” us, as He did with His disciples prior to His death and resurrection. In “this day,” Jesus says, we will be “in Him” and He will be “in us.” No more separated. No more two, but one!
That’s the Gospel! Paul called it the “mystery” of “Christ in you.” And that’s what salvation is all about–union with Christ!
Now, please answer me, if Jesus is in you and you are in Him, if you are one with Him, how can He pass you by?
Child of God, what Jesus wants is for you to renew your mind with His Word. Instead of seeing Him passing by, see Him living in you and working through you. Instead of trying to get His attention, start paying attention to His indwelling presence. He’s right there, in your spirit, ready to fellowship with you anytime. Stop asking for what you already have and let your faith become effectual by continually acknowledging every good thing you have in Christ Jesus (Philemon 6).
Thank God, you no longer have to ask Jesus not to pass you by. He can’t! And you don’t need to ask Him to touch you just one more time because He is touching you all the time! So stop begging and start receiving, and stop pleading and start abounding with thanksgiving.