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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.”—1 Corinthians 13:12 (NKJV)
Relationships are constantly evolving, because they involve two parties filled with life, and life is ever moving, changing, and developing. A married couple on their wedding night is much different than the same couple on their fiftieth anniversary. The passage of time reveals things in their relationship that results in a stronger bond. This is true of any deep connection in life, including our connection with God.
Our understanding of the Lord is constantly deepening. As Paul states in the passage above, our vision of God will always be limited in this life—but throughout our life we’ll discover more of who He is and what He’s done for us.
We get a powerful example of this in the Scripture passage where Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. No doubt, the disciples were a bit unhinged by this! This Man, their Master and Lord, was doing something that seemed so undignified. However, they all held their shock in check—all except for Peter, that is. The Gospel of John tells us that Peter asked, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” (John 13:6 NKJV).
Peter verbalized what everyone was thinking, and what we often say to God, as well: “You don’t need to go there, that’s something I can take care of. You’re above having to deal with that for me!” We, like Peter, have a hard time believing Jesus wants to wash the dirtiest parts of our being because our understanding of Him is limited. But watch how the Lord responded: “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this” (John 13:7 NKJV).
Jesus acknowledged that Peter didn’t comprehend what was being done for him but assured him that one day he would. Eventually, Peter would understand that Jesus was doing more than washing his feet; He was also demonstrating His heart to cleanse the deepest and dirtiest stains of his soul. What wasn’t understood then would be clear in the course of time . . . and what a wonderful revelation it was, for Peter and for us!
Again, that’s how our relationship with the Lord works. His wonders sharpen in focus over time . . . filling each day with fresh anticipation and adoration of who He is and what He’s done for us.
DIG: Why is our relationship with God constantly evolving?
DISCOVER: What have you learned about God over the course of time?
DISPLAY: Share with a friend what the Lord has been showing you lately through your relationship with Him. Express what you’ve learned recently about God’s character and will.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.