Gerrit Dawson is lead pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has an active writing ministry, focusing on Christian spiritual growth and the person and work of Christ. Gerrit is the author of eight books, including Jesus Ascended: The Meaning of Christ's Continuing Incarnation, A Guide to the Blessing Life: 40 Days of Scripture and Prayer, and The Blessing Life. He and his wife, Rhonda, have four children.
What he Said … Bridging the Gap
God wants to be with us. Of course, God is with everyone and everything all the time already. But God desires to relate to each one of us personally. He wants us to know how much he loves us—not with some generic love but with specific, intense, free, passionate, delighted love, love fitted to each one of us in our uniquely created being.
God yearns to overcome the separation that has come between us. Our heavenly Father has gone to extraordinary lengths, even sending his Son to live and die for us, in order to reconcile us to himself. God wants us to experience his love and then respond freely. He even reins in the intensity of his passion for us so we are not overwhelmed by it. He makes room for our reply. The Father comes to us by his Spirit, who speaks to us of his Son Jesus in a way adapted to our human minds and hearts. So we experience the triune God's personal presence with us as grace-filled blessing, which calls forth our thanksgiving and commitment.