I am just finishing Max Lucado’s book “God Came Near” and there is a line in it that struck me just now deeply. It says, “A person can be all that goodness calls him to be and still never see the Author of life.” Do you know any “good” people? I do. But, I also know them to not be in love with their Savior. It plagues me to be sure. They love goodness, and that is a worthwhile pursuit. But, they really do not know Jesus or ever talk about their relationship with Him. They love goodness and seek to will themselves to be good. The problem with this is that Scripture tells us there is no one good but God. So it comes to be that the more we know Jesus and follow Him and LOVE Him (not just goodness), the more His goodness flows through us into the world. It is the power of the Spirit of God that Wills us to be good, not us.
Here is my favorite part of the book so far, although I love so many points he brings up throughout his book.
Lucado says, “Have you seen him? Have you caught a glimpse of His Majesty?…Gone is the pomp of religion; dissipated is the fog of theology. Momentarily lifted is the opaque curtain of controversy and opinion. Erased are our own blinding errors and egotism. And there he stands. Jesus. Have you seen him? Those who first did were never the same.”
“My Lord and my God!” cried Thomas.
“I have seen the Lord,” exclaimed Mary Magdalene.
“We have seen his glory,” declared John.”
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked?” rejoiced the two Emmaus-bound disciples.
But Peter said it best, “We were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”
How true. How much we know the Lord has everything to do with our daily lives…our decisions, our thoughts, our health, our eternal place in life.
To miss out on walking with Jesus, knowing Him, and truly loving Him in this life is the greatest loss anyone could ever had. To forsake the free, greatest gift offered by the Creator of the World is hard to swallow.
Let me know you Lord Jesus,
Let me love you Lord Jesus,
…so that all that is left is to walk side-by-side with you each day Lord Jesus until you carry me into eternity.