I came across this unattributed piece this evening. It sums us in a rather elegant, I think, way of what Jesus is to all of us that are His.
Christ Is All in All
“Christ is all in all to His people. He is all their strength, wisdom, and righteousness. They are but the clouds irradiated by the sun, and bathed in its brightness. He is the light which flames in their gray mist and turns it to a glory. They are but the belt and cranks and wheels; He is the power. They are but the channel, muddy and dry; He is the flashing life which fills it and makes it a joy. They are the body; He is the Soul dwelling in every part to save it from corruption and give movement and warmth. Thou art the organ, whose full breath is thunder; I am the keys, beneath Thy fingers pressed.”
Jesus is indeed our all in all, our Source of life, and the One who paid the enormous debt we owed, and couldn’t satisfy, with His own lifeblood. As on of my favorite old hymns says “Oh what a Savior!”.
C. S. Lewis once said “We meet no ordinary people in our lives.”. I must admit that I had never really thought about this before but it is true. Each and every person we encounter is someone that God created, unique and beautiful in at least some way. Each one of us also has some purpose in our life, some job, if you will, in the up building of His Kingdom. But before we can find our purpose we have to submit ourselves to Jesus. Everyone we meet is some one we can be a blessing to, a light for Christ in a dark. fallen world. To believers we can be an encouragement or a helper, among many things. And to those that are lost we can be a sign post pointing toward the Door to Heaven. Or we can be in such a hurry along our way that we aren’t any thing to any one.
“And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:5
”The evening was “darkness” and the morning was “light,” and yet the two together are called by the name that is given to the light alone! In every believer there is darkness and light, and yet he is not a sinner because there is sin in him, but he is a saint because he possesses some degree of holiness. This will be a most comforting thought to those who ask, “Can I be a child of God while there is so much darkness in me?” Yes; for you, like the day, take not your name from the evening, but from the morning; and you are spoken of in the word of God as if you were even now perfectly holy.
– Charles Spurgeon
In this piece of writing, “The Prince of Preachers”, as Spurgeon is known, points out some thing that should be a comfort to us all: in Christ Jesus we have a pure righteousness that covers all sins, no matter our perception of how bad they are. Of and by ourselves our goodness is as filthy rags. But when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ He gives us a robe of pure white: His holiness is imputed to us. So, who will we choose? Light or dark? Day or night? Jesus or the devil? It all boils down to that one question: Who will you choose?
In his message tonight, Bro. Winford spoke on the light, both natural and spiritual. He used a good analogy of if we let our lights go dim on occasion we might be okay. But eventually if we keep on that path our light will “short circuit” and then we’ll have no light at all.
Dimming our lights are things of the world that we let slip ahead of Jesus. Our Lord never once did anything less that what He needed to do to become our Savior. Ought we not do everything He asks of us in return? What He requires of us is precious little compared to what was required of Him.
1Thes. 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Yesterday I thought I was about over this nastiness. Last night my streak of two nights sleeping well was broken by bouts of burning up and chilling. These bouts continue today. I hope I didn’t see my “tunnel” prematurely. But tomorrow was the soonest the doctor said I could expect to be over this so perhaps it’ll be better the next 12-24 hours. I certainly hope so at least.