Do you really not need Jesus?

It’s hard for me to imagine how some people just don’t seem to desire a relationship with God. You feel happy about being a husband, a father, you take joy out of life without sensing any greater calling for your life. It’s interesting that you don’t desire the presence of God in your heart, and yet you couldn’t continue to be alive if He withdrew his power from your organism, for by His intentional and constant power all existence holds together. It’s funny that you could derive a sense of happiness and meaning from an otherwise godless life from the joy of being with other human beings and having, raising and loving children, when it is by God’s design that human life, and procreation, are possible. He is the inventor of marriage, the original Creator. The triune God is also the original social being.

You were made in His image – social, gifted with the capacity for pro-creating and loving and making your dreams and plans a reality (within certain bounds). You were made by Him. You exist as the precise individual that you are, only because before you came to be, He imagined you in his heart, He envisioned your face in His mind’s eye, He said, “Let there be you.”

So you get busy making a life for yourself and you make it as full and enjoyable as possible. But why don’t you recognize what has been made evident to you, that there is something more? In disregarding God, you’re disregarding not only the hand that feeds you, but the hand that made you, the mind that saw you before you existed and wanted you, the Person that willed you into existence; the heart that loved you aeons before you came to be; the arms that long to hold you even as you run from them; the soul that gave it’s life for you, before you could even be alive to appreciate it, in the hopes that one day you would choose to reciprocate His love, and accept His invitation to belong to Him forever.

How can anyone not seek to truly know the answer to the question, “Who is Jesus, really?”

It’s easy to think of talk of Jesus as empty. You could say, “Christians are silly little people who don’t have the strength of character to face reality.” But what if you’re wrong? What if the devotion of millions to a Savior they’ve never laid eyes on stems not from foolish denial, but from the gratitude of a healed heart? What if He really did die for you? What if He really lives now, and will truly one day assume the throne of the entire universe and reign over all existence, and you rejected Him when He offered you His hand in friendship? What place will there be for you in that everlasting kingdom, the only one that really matters?

I’m just asking.

Devotional: Rooted and Grounded in Christ

From the Heart

January 9, 2011

Rooted and Grounded in Christ

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree.  Ps. 92:12.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.  Ps. 1:3.

These texts describe the happy state of the man or woman whose soul is rooted and grounded in Christ.  Bur there is always danger that souls will not anchor themselves in God, but be content to drift hither and thither, the sport of Satan’s temptations.

Are you beginning to see the defects in your character? Do not feel helpless and discouraged.  Look to Jesus, who knows your every weakness and pities your every infirmity.… It is no disgrace to confess our sins and forsake them.  The disgrace rests upon those who know their sins but continue in them and grieve the dear Savior by their crooked paths.  A knowledge of our wrongs should be more highly prized than a happy flight of feeling, for it is evidence that the Spirit of God is striving with us, and that angels are round about us.…

In true contrition for sin, come to the foot of the cross, and there leave your burdens.  Come exercising repentance toward God because you have broken His law, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ to pardon your transgressions and reconcile you to the Father.  Believe what God says; take his promises to your heart

See the weary traveler toiling over the hot sands of the desert, with no shelter to protect him from the rays of a tropical sun.  His water supply fails, and he has nothing to slake his burning thirst.  His tongue becomes swollen; he staggers like a drunken man.  Visions of home and friends pass before his mind as he believes himself ready to perish in the terrible desert.  Suddenly those in advance send forth a shout of joy.  In the distance, looming up out of the dreary, sandy waste, is a palm tree, green and flourishing….

As the palm tree, drawing nourishment from the fountain of living water, is green and flourishing in the midst of the desert, so the Christian may draw rich supplies of grace from the fountain of God’s love and may guide weary souls, that are full of unrest and ready to perish in the desert of sin, to those waters of which they may drink, and live.  – Signs of the Times, June 16, 1884.

From the Ellen G. White devotional book, “From the Heart”.