I’m in a good place with Jesus right now. Er, as opposed to being in a bad place? I dunno. I’m just sayin’ I’m in a good place. I’ve been doing a lot of digging – both internally and externally. I have asked Jesus to take all of the stuff inside of me that’s not of Him, and smash it into the ground. Or something like that. Whenever I surrender all of me to Him – the good, the bad, and the ugly – He never fails to take it all, and pour into me everything Jesus.
And, folks, everything Jesus just feels good. Hence, the good place.
Every book and scripture I read is fresh. It’s full of life. And, it makes me fall in love with Jesus all over again. Ever have that feeling where you truly get back to your first love? That’s where I am. I am head over heels in love with my Father. Kind of makes me want to break out the old Mylon La Fevre and Petra albums. Oh, and God bless David Teems.
This past Sunday, I heard Craig Groeschel say, “If you want what you once had, you have to do what you once did.” Of course, he was referring to marital relationships, but you just might be able to apply that to your relationship with the One that matters most. So, if it takes Petra’s old “The Color Song” to bring you back to your knees, then by all means, listen to it.
For me, I’ve just needed a fresh surrender to Him. A dying of myself. It isn’t the first time I’ve had to die to me, and it certainly won’t be the last. Because, I am Dusty Takle. I have young children, and I heart Junior Mints. Actually, it’s because I am very imperfect. But, I’m pressing toward the mark… The word press here means to pursue. To go after Him with intensity. And, bury all that is Dusty Takle along the way. So, Christ can consume me.
This journey with Christ truly “gets sweeter and sweeter as the days go by. Oh what a love between my Lord and I. I keep falling in love with Him. Over and over and over and over again.”
13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13-14
Are you pressing toward Him?