He lives in us and we know Him and believes in Him, but how do we enter that place of holiness where His glory and holiness becomes tangible. That place where the work around you cannot affect you as you are completely aware of your standing before Jesus?
In Exodus 33 we read that “anyone who sought the Lord would go out.”
Going out of what? Our place of familiarity.
Our human nature is to stay in our comfort zone and stay connected to what we know and can control, but when we step out of that place, we feel vulnerable and exposed.
But, if we are going to seek the Lord and encounter His holiness, we must “go out”. We must pitch our tents a distance from our camps of familiarity. Our place of comfort where we can predict what is going to happen and feel in control.
There is nothing wrong with being comfortable and at ease with things that are familiar but our camp of comfort is also our place of limitation because when we try and be in control, we are giving very little space for God to breathe His abundance into our lives.
Jesus knows that so He even gave us an example in the Bible when He called His disciples to follow Him, to leave behind what they know, their familiar patterns of life, to be alone with Him. He called them to the unfamiliar, but the place where His presence is tangible.
“So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say good-bye) to all that he has cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:33 AMPC)
Why did Jesus require that?
Because He knows us, our nature and how, we as man, are unconsciously governed by the familiar. For Him to transform us into the eternal to receive His kingdom, He must rescue us from the limitations of the temporal.
Going back to Moses and how he sought the Lord, we read in Exodus 33:7,9:
“Now Moses used to take [his own] tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting [of God with His own people]. And everyone who sought the Lord went out to [that temporal] tent of meeting which was outside the camp. When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the door of the tent, and the Lord would talk with Moses.”(AMPC)
Where are you pitching your tent of meeting? Are you willing to surrender your own ways and what you are familiar with and allow Jesus to transform you into His image?
Jesus wants to dwell with us, on a continuous basis but He honors our will. If we are willing to seek Him, we will find Him. If we want to delve deeper with Him, He will meet us at our level of expectation. But to get the most out of Him, we need to give up ourselves so that there can be more of Him and less of us.