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I’ve never been so thankful for my recent awakening to Christ as I am right now. I had already been a Christian for 30 years—a darn “good” Christian at that! I had led mission trips and spoken for Christian groups. I wrote a book on prayer. I had served as company chaplain, house church pastor, and guest preacher at church. No one would have said that I needed to awaken to Christ.
But that’s what happened. I began to seek Jesus for ALL he is—not just Jesus on the cross, but Jesus on the throne. Not just Jesus coming back some day, but Jesus alive today. Not just Jesus who wants to bless me, but Jesus who deserves to be blessed by me. I was awakened to not only Jesus the Savior but also to Jesus the King of kings.
As I began to seek ALL of him, I began to see MORE of him. I saw that Jesus is dazzling, stunning, much more than I had thought.
I wondered how often I had stopped short of seeing more of the fullness of Jesus because of my shallow contentment, like the person C.S. Lewis compares to “an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea” (The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses).
For years I had settled for the lesser Jesus, the tamer Jesus—the Jesus who wasn’t really Jesus at all because I had fabricated the Jesus I wanted him to be. But now the real Jesus was roaring like the Lion of Judah he is, and he wanted me to uncap him, unbridle him, let him out and let him be who he really is.
So I let the Lion of Judah out of the cage I had kept him in—the best move I have ever made. Yes, the best—and none too soon.
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I was recommended a jolly, little book called Rejoicing in Christ, written by Michael Reeves. I have to tell you—there are passages that cause my heart to pound faster, like there’s a little drummer boy inside me, and I have to stop and take a breath.
Reeves has hit upon a nerve, a deep place in which deep calls out to deep. In this blog post, I want to share a passage of his and make some observations about the danger in spiritual growth.
I have read this passage seven or eight times already, and I haven’t grown tired of it yet. Little Drummer Boy is still drumming.
In talking about the life of Christ, Reeves writes:
I mentioned before about working on a series of devotions for kids. My 12 year-old daughter and I wrote them together.
We’re happy to say the first batch is out. The “Kids Daily Christ Reader” is a series of 30 devotions to help kids see Christ for ALL he is.
What’s different about these readings is that we’re trying to help kids see who Jesus IS NOW and what he’s DOING NOW.
Unless we parents and teachers are careful, then our kids can see Jesus as only a:
– Mere human who was born, helped people, and died
– Great teacher with good stories but little relevance for now
– Savior envisioned as still hanging on the cross
– Once-risen Lord with minimal power or authority today
– Soon-coming king who is not a currently active king
But there’s so much more to who Jesus is. These readings may even help adults; God knows they’ve helped me.
You can get the “Kids Daily Christ Reader” by clicking below.
I’m working on a writing project for ChristNow.com. It’s a series of devotions for children on Jesus. We’ll be launching a new ministry called Christ Kids to help raise kids in the fullness of Christ.
Anyway, I’m loving the simplicity of approaching Jesus that this project is forcing me to take. I’m taking one verse at a time, picking it apart, culling it for signs of Jesus. I feel like I’m panning for gold.
Colette prayed this morning, “Father, reveal what you want the kids to know about Jesus.”
Although the audience of this work will be children, I’m taking so much in, and drawing close to the King. I’m being pretty selfish here – eating what was meant for the kids and feasting on it myself.
Like eating half the cake in private, then telling them there was only ever half a cake.
But I know there’ll be enough of Jesus to go around when I’m done with him. He is life eternal.
O Blessed Christ, O Son of God, O Image of the Father! In all of the Father’s gladness, he is most glad to share with us his most beloved Son. In giving us Christ, the Father held nothing back. He took his most precious treasure and unwrapped him and sent him to us, that we might know the Father. Indeed, Jesus Christ is the ultimate reason for gratitude—in showing us the Father, he makes a way to the Father for us. O Blessed Christ, O Son of God, O Image of the Father!
Here are 24 quotations about Christ to keep us thankful. Share them around the table. Speak them to yourself. Post them where others will see.
At first, we come as babes in Christ, and everything Jesus says seems hard:
– serve yourself last
– love your enemies
– live by faith
But, says Dallas Willard, “True Christlikeness, true companionship with Christ, comes at the point where it is not hard to respond as he would.” (“The Spirit of the Disciplines”)
Willard is saying that true Christlikeness is not asking, “What would Jesus do?” in a particular situation. Rather, he’s saying that when we’re like Christ, we won’t have to ask the question because it’ll come naturally. We’ll respond as Jesus would.
When this happens, the life of Christ will have become our life.
Thus, when Paul says to, “…clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ,” (Romans 13:14), he’s not saying to put on your Christ coat when dealing with the horrible neighbors, and then take it off when you’re back inside with your kids.
Putting on Christ is putting on his way of life, permanently and totally.
When we’re babes in Christ, it’s appropriate to ask, “What would Jesus do?” because we’re learning a new way of life.
But the goal is to not have to ask it anymore because his life will have become ours.