So what exactly is this price? What is in this package of attraction? The cost of His presence lies on how much I am willing to put into my following Him. How much I put into training (working out my salvation) determines how much manifestation of His presence is present in my life. Please do not get me wrong here. Salvation is not by works, it is by grace through faith but we have a part to play in sustaining ourselves in it otherwise the enemy can rob us of it.
The price of His presence has to do with the character we must have in order to attract the holy presence of a holy God. Can two walk together if they are not in agreement? I don’t think so. If it is impossible for two disagreeable people on earth to relate, how much more is it for a man who lacks integrity to have a relationship with God in heaven?
God is ever willing to be present in our lives but I’m thinking purity or holiness is paramount, for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” Like the Holy One who called us, we are to be holy ourselves in all our behavior. Christianity is a call to responsibility. We must wake up to the realization that we are saved, we are not just like everyone else and we should not make provision for the flesh. There has to be a clear difference between those that are of God and those that are not; those that are holy and those that are not. Being a church goer or a member of a church isn’t the point. Just because a person is a church member doesn’t necessarily mean that they are of God.
When Apostle Paul was writing to the Corinthians, he was addressing the Church at Corinth! What I mean is that the Corinthian people, were a saved lot; they were not only church going people, they were the church! You think your church has issues? The church at Corinth was troubled with division; members were suing each other in court, sexual sins were rampant, there was disorderly worship, and overall spiritual immaturity. Doesn’t that make you wonder a bit? When I was new in the faith and I learned that you can find plenty of “unbelieving/out of control believers” in church I was kind of surprised. No, I was shocked! Paul knew there was such a mix in this church and he also knew it wasn’t godly to kick out the unbelievers, therefore he proceeded to tell the true believers: Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? Again, holiness/purity is vital in attracting divine presence.
Alongside purity is love. The depth of God’s love in us determines the thickness of God’s manifestation in our lives. Listen: Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. As Christians, God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. A Christian that knows God is able to love openly hence brings the presence of God in their surrounding.
Together with purity and love, comes praise. Since God inhabits the praises of His people, surely His presence must be seen in His praisers. Your praise attracts divine presence. In your praise, God shows up! He is a holy God, enthroned on the praises of Israel – we are the spiritual Israelites so let’s get our holy praise on!
I encourage you brethren, to continue working out your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. In that way, you will attract His presence continually. God bless you!
Inspiration: Ephesians 2:8-9, Amos 3:3, 1 Peter 1:15-16, 2 Corinthians 6:14, 1 John 4:8, Romans 5:5, Psalm 22:3, Psalm 15