Caught Up in the Perpetual Novelty of Christ
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Not a day goes by that we should fail to look about us in bright-eyed wonder at the glorious work of our Creator. Whenever the red-gold light of dawn breaks the bonds of night’s embrace, we should celebrate anew the Father’s provision of a brand new day. Whenever we see the twinkling lights of heaven peering down at us from a velvet sky or when the aura of the waxing moon casts its silver countenance upon the world, we should give thanks to God. Whether we stop in quiet delight when spring blossoms color the world or we find ourselves stunned by the shocking repercussions of a blast of thunderous lightning, awe should fill our hearts and praise of God fill our mouths.
How much more then should we tremble and gasp at the incredible grace of God Who reached down to humanity through the outspread hands of His Son, Jesus? And what a famished life is his who does not pause and engage the spiritual spheres of his life, perhaps not recognizing that the short time we spend here on earth is not intended to be anything but a realm of incubation as Creator God seeks to raise up a people for Himself who “will love Him in Spirit and in Truth” (John 4:23-24).
A lot of folks describe themselves as being “spiritual”, yet fail to see that true spirituality is incomprehensibly more than the mere appreciation of those things that are unseen. It is rather the product of our grappling with the fact of God’s activity in the world around us and particularly His pursuit of our own hearts. He is a God Who, having spoken the world into existence from a void of empty darkness, has made for Himself of paramount concern our welfare, searching the world over for hearts of men and women and children that will turn to Him and open up to the sunlight of His love as spring flowers do when a warm morning sun shines upon them. Through Jesus Christ we are given the doorway to know God personally and be given a destiny other than the one we’d surely find if we remained in our sin.
If you want to know God, then you must want to know Jesus. And if you do know Jesus, then you must want to make Him known. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth…. To all who did received Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God…. For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled with Him, Who is the head of all rule and authority” (John 1:14, 12-13; Colossians 2:9-10 ESV).
It’s a strange thing that we can be awestruck by natural wonders and yet fail to be knocked to our knees in fervent worship of the One Who commands them. But once we are caught up in the perpetual novelty of Jesus, His grace and glory overwhelm us. His wisdom and power amaze us. And His holiness and mercy humble us.
Only a “god” who is truly boundless in every way deserves the lifelong passion and devotion that our God deserves. And even as we begin to appreciate the majesty of this measureless God, as feeble as such appreciation is, we have finally begun to live out in truth the meaning of life.
“(You) through Him are believers in God, Who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for ‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever’” (1 Peter 1:21-25 ESV)
So, while the world screams by you, racing madly on its way to nowhere, stop and place your hand in the hand of Him Who bore savage nails for you. While society paralyzes itself in pointless squabbling over pointless things, take upon yourself a mantle of forgiveness and renewal from the One Who took upon Himself cruel lashings for you. And while the shrouds of hopelessness and despair entwine the people of today, rise up in the new life prepared for you by the One Who laid Himself in the arms of death so that, through His resurrection, you might have the surety that this God Who saves from the penalty of sin, saves from the power of death.
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Wonderfully written!! As it is every spring, I stand in awe of the beauty that God so graciously painted for us. But does it come close in comparison to the beauty of the love that called our Savior to the cross? Hardly. Praise God!
Through Jesus Christ we are given the doorway to know God personally and be given a destiny other than the one we’d surely find if we remained in our sin.
What a truth this is! Thanks for sharing.
What a truth this is! Thanks for sharing.