Exposure or Experience; which have you had with the Father?
Exposure: the condition of being presented to view or made known
Experience: 1:… state of having … gained knowledge through direct observation or participation (Merriam-Webster.com)
According to the definitions above, exposure means you are aware of something or that you have knowledge of it. In today’s news you could read about the crisis in Syria or the World Cup in Brazil. This means you have been exposed to these events, but you don’t have any personal experiences from the exposure. Any change that happens in your life because of this exposure is probably temporary at best.
People who have actually been to the refugee camps in the countries surrounding Syria, or who have seen the cities destroyed by the war have more than just exposure to the situation. They have seen, heard, and smelled the destruction and they have experienced Syria.
Those who were in the streets and stadiums in Brazil have experienced the World Cup.
Exposure to something does not necessarily mean you are changed by it. But experiencing something does cause you to be different because of it.
The same is true of God. You can be exposed to God and never be changed. But once you experience God, you will never be the same.
Exposure to God can happen in many ways. You can attend church, read the Bible, and do all the things that Believers do, but this exposure does not necessarily mean you have been changed because of it. All it means is that you are aware of and that you have knowledge of Godly things.
But, to experience God implies that you have been changed by that experience. Once you come face to face with the Creator of the universe, you cannot help but be changed. That change is as drastic and as noticeable as going from dead to alive; because that is exactly what happens.
The book of Ephesians (2:1,5) tells us that before we experience Jesus, we are dead. But, if we allow Him to, He will make us alive! This is more than just exposure to God, this is a personal interaction with the Father; an experience that will change your life forever (eternally).
My question for you is this: are you different now than you were before you experienced God? I mean really different. Like from dead to alive different?
Paul desired that the Ephesian church would truly experience God through their exposure to His word. That is why he prayed Eph 1:17-19 and 3:16-20. These prayers are still applicable to us today and Father desires that we experience Him to the fullest extent possible. The only way for that to happen is for us to allow our exposure to God to turn into experiences with God.
Dear friends, this live is full of wonderful experiences. But nothing could ever match the life-giving experience of fully experiencing the Father through Jesus Christ.
Are you willing to be willing to allow exposure to turn into experience?