Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Are you Staring at Jesus?

I recently started reading Rick Holland's book Uneclipsing the Son. The subject: Christ. This is a book to help examine your heart to see whether Christ is truly the object of your faith. Rick says:

As strange and unthinkable as it may seem, in the hurricane of Christian activity and the avalanche of "Christian things" in which most of us live, Jesus Himself can come up missing. Look around. Listen. Check your own heart. It's way too easy to begin to think of Christianity as behavior modification, as a limitation on what you can enjoy or maybe making a moral or political stand or a social alternative to the world. And when we slip unwittingly into this mind-set, we effectively estrange ourselves from Christ, which sets us on a hunt for satisfaction in thw world. And when the world fails to satisfy our souls - and it will - we try harder to do better to fit in more with Christians and to feel better about ourselves. When this happens, we have entered the cycle that sends us spiraling into yet deeper frustration.

What's wrong with me?

I'll tell you - you've ceased to worship Jesus. After all, Christianity is the worship of Jesus Christ. It's the worship of Jesus Christ exclusively, and it's the worship of Jesus Christ comprehensively. He alone is worthy; he alone is God; he alone is the infinite sacrifice made for the sins of those who would believe. But it's comprehensive as well, which means that every part of our being should be engaged in the worship and honor of Jesus. If Jesus is who the Bible says he is, if he did what the Bible says he did, he is worthy of absolute, complete, exclusive, comprehensive attention and focus in our life...That's the first and last word on the subject at hand. Worship this Jesus. Don't let Jesus be crowded out.

"But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:3)

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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