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     Though you have not seen him (Jesus), you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Pet. 3:8-9 (NIV)

Dear Lord Jesus, Peter’s words are soul-encouraging and hope-fueling. I greatly long for the Day when knowing you in part will give way to knowing you as fully as a redeemed sinner possibly can. Indeed, I crave the Day when seeing you will no longer require faith or imagination, or waiting or repentance. Hasten that Day, Lord; hasten the grace-full moment we we'll see you as you are, and we'll be made like you (1 John 3:1-3).

Everything I already know about you fills my heart with awe, worship, and joy, Lord Jesus; but there’s so much more to see and know. I feel like I’m a babe in the woods of gospel-wonder; a neophyte prospector in the mountains of gospel-riches; a child wearing water wings, as I wade into the bottomless ocean of your glory and love. Continue to open the eyes of my heart, Lord Jesus. Show me more of yourself; expand my capacity for knowing and marveling at you.

The joy from being pursued, known, and loved by the Creator of all things is immeasurable. The delight born from knowing you gave your life for us--fulfilling the law, taking our judgment, becoming our righteousness... such joy is incomparable. And the peace I feel as I ponder your return--Bridegroom for his bride, Lover for his beloved, Friend of sinners for chief of sinners... such peace is overwhelming.

Until that Day, keep me hungry and thirsty for yourself, Lord Jesus. May all my idols fail me, and all my broken cisterns remain broken. So very Amen I pray, in your peerless and precious name.


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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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