Morning, July 31, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“We are one;   I in them and You in Me,”– John 17:23

If this is the union which exists between our souls and the person of our Lord, how deep and broad is the channel of our communion! This is no narrow pipe through which a thread-like stream may wind its way, it is a channel of amazing depth and breadth, along whose glorious length a weighty volume of living water may rush and flood. Behold, he has set before us an open door, don’t let us be slow to enter. This city of communion has many pearly gates: every separate gate is of one pearl, and each gate is thrown open to the widest that we may enter, guaranteed of welcome. If there were but one small loophole through which to talk with Jesus, even then it would be a extraordinary privilege to push a word of fellowship through the narrow door; how much we are blessed in having so large an entrance! Had the Lord Jesus been far away from us, with many stormy seas between, we should have longed to send a messenger to him to carry him our love, and bring us tidings from his Father’s house; but see his kindness, for he has built his house next door to ours; no, even more, he takes lodging with us, and resides in poor humble hearts, that so he may have perpetual communication with us. Oh, how foolish we must be, if we do not live in habitual communion with him. When the road is long, and dangerous, and difficult, we don’t find it unusual that friends seldom meet each other, but when they live together, shall Jonathan forget his David? When her husband is upon a journey, a wife may tolerate many days without holding conversation with him, but she could never endure to be separated from him if she knew him to be in one of the rooms of her own house. Why, believer, do you not sit at his banquet of wine? Seek your Lord, for he is near; embrace him, for he is your Brother. Hold Him fast, for he is your Husband; and embrace him to your heart, for he is of your own flesh.