Today’s verse aligns again with the last few devotions regarding our interconnectedness. In 1 Corinthians 12:7, we read: “Each believer is given continuous revelation by the Holy Spirit to benefit not just himself but all” (TPT). The continuous revelation we receive does not only benefit ourselves — it benefits all people. Why? We are all one body, the Body of Christ. Anything I receive can be poured out to you and others. Anything you receive can be shared with others. Interconnected.
Our focus today though is on the continuous revelation. Too many people come to know Jesus, get saved, and the journey stops. The Christian walk has no progression. Why? We need to draw near to Him and He will draw near to us (James 4:8).
Part of the drawing near is to dig into Scripture daily — to read God’s Word each day. Not only completing devotions though, but engaging with Scripture independently. I know this may shock you as I have invested a lot of time writing devotions. Doing devotions is very beneficial and I encourage you to do it daily. However, I believe that it is vital that you open your Bible and read it daily at your individual pace as guided by the Holy Spirit.
The other part of drawing near is a part we neglect as much or even more — PRAYER! Prayer is also vital to your walk with Jesus. Prayer is you talking to God. Bible reading is God speaking to you. Yes, there’s other ways God speaks to you; however, through His Word is a crucial way. How are you going to know God intimately if you aren’t engaging with His Word daily? How can you write His Word on your heart if you are not in His Word?
The continuous revelation means that your walk with Christ is a constant growth journey. You continue to know more about God and the world and His Truth as you do life with Him. The Spirit of God will reveal to you things hidden in your heart that need addressed. The Spirit will reveal to you hidden things of God as well. The Christian life isn’t a check off list. You do not read the Bible once from front to back and say, “Well, I am done now.” There is also no retirement period when your walk with Jesus suddenly is coasting on what you did in the past. Whether you are twenty or eighty, the Lord has something to show you. If God hasn’t shown you anything recently, it is not because He wasn’t making an attempt. Check your eyes. Check your ears. Check your heart. Are they fixed on Him?
Thank You Jesus for Your Word. Thank You for giving us the opportunity and the privilege to know You more. Lord, we are grateful for the relationship we have with You. We are sorry for being neglectful at times. Teach us to number our days. Give us a heart for You. May our eyes be ever fixed on You as we keep pressing forward. Thank You for being with us every step of the way. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!