Stop Dating Jesus.


Walk in Wisdom - Gleanings from Scripture
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Philippians 3:8  Indeed, I count everything as 
loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing 
Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered 
the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, 
in order that I may gain Christ


Here is a subtle but extremely powerful and 
important principle. I think it was A. W. Tozer
who phrased the idea in the words: We may not 
each be as holy as we'd like to be, but we are
each as holy as we are willing to be. Or, we could 
express it yet another way - with the question 
often posed in marriage vows: And forsaking all 
others, keep yourself wholly unto him (or her)?
It is the lost element of Biblical Christianity.
Simply, if I would have God, I must forsake who
or whatever it is I currently turn to for love,
acceptance, happiness, peace and security - and
find it only in Him. Paul did not say - Having
gained Christ I now suffer the loss of all things
and count them as rubbish - that's backwards. No,
he said he HAD ALREADY suffered the loss of them,
had already counted them as dung, IN ORDER THAT
he might gain Christ. We have to stop dating Jesus.
If we want His fullness, the intimacy with Him we
crave, we have to make the commitment to forsake
every other person, place and thing we currently 
look to for that fulfillment. THEN, we can have 
Him that way. My wife required me to stop dating
other women if I wanted to enter into marriage 
and the intimacies which belong to that union. So
with Him. Perhaps, our experience of God is shallow
and unsatisfying because we're only willing to let
go the other things WHEN He at last satisfies us. 
But that eliminates the need for - the risk of...
faith. Perhaps the words of Martha Snell Nicholson
in a poem which became a popular Christian song
about 30 years ago can rephrase it yet again to 
get the point across. Pay special attention to the
last stanza. 

One by one He took them from me,
All the things I valued most,
Until I was empty-handed;
Every glittering toy was lost.

And I walked earth's highways, grieving.
In my rags and poverty.
Till I heard His voice inviting,
"Lift your empty hands to Me!"

So I held my hands toward heaven,
And He filled them with a store
Of His own transcendent riches,
Till they could contain no more.

And at last I comprehended
With my stupid mind and dull,
That God COULD not pour His riches
Into hands already full!
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6 thoughts on “Stop Dating Jesus.

  1. Bravo! I’ve never heard of dating Jesus but when I read your blog, I see what that means. I wonder just how many “married” people there are out there!

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by. I am hoping the topic will generate a little thought and reflection. Blessings – Reid

  3. Thanks for sharing these humbling thoughts, Reid.

    One thing I don’t like about blogs is that topics become old quickly and get missed as they move down the list of posts and then off to an archive page. As if to prove the point I bet this comment gets missed. 😉 But this is the sort post that should stay top of the list!

    One comment I would make though is the thought that some could read this and get despondent because they recognise their need but, having reached the point of wanting to change, they realise that, as you imply, its something we pursue by faith and yet they lack such faith and feel as though they can never make it. That is why, whenever I speak of man’s responsibility even though it be by faith, I always try to link it up to the gospel, for the gospel provides the motivation. Make sense?

    Martin

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