One time I was asked, what is the greatest hindrance to being aware of God’s presence? It was an easy answer….Me! Without the light of Christ, I am a corpse, a dead man walking in the world unconscious of anything but a self-absorbed life.
One day touched by the tender grace of God, my eyes responded to the light shining in the darkness, and the Holy Spirit expressed the depths of Gods love for me, and I embraced the Spirit of Christ living in me.
The unfortunate fact, however, is even with that unbelievable experience and the promise of the resurrected Christ dwelling within me, I continued to live as if Christ was somewhere out there still to be found and the hope of eternal life something that happens when I die.
I tried daily to be aware of His abiding presence, but time and time again I separated myself from God by focusing on my shortcomings and failure to live up to what I thought God expected of me. Paul declares we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Instead of living in the presence and glory of God I was in bondage feeling like I was falling short every day unaware of the presence of God.
The truth is if Christ lives in me I am always in His presence! Every time I feel separated from God, I must reclaim the reality, Emmanuel God is with us all the time. Richard Rohr says it well. “We are already in the presence of God. What’s absent is awareness.” Jesus said I will never leave you or forsake you. Claim that promise today aware you are always in the presence of God, and nothing can separate you from His love but your lack of awareness.
1 Corinthians 6:19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, NLT