Do you journey to the grand canyon for the souvenir T-shirt or snow globe with the snowflakes that fall when you shake it? No. The reward of the Grand Canyon IS the Grand Canyon. The wide-eyed realization that you are a part of something ancient, splendid, powerful, and greater than you.
em>The cache of Christianity is Christ. Not money in the bank or a car in the garage or a healthy body or a better self-image. Secondary and tertiary fruits perhaps. But the Fort Knox of faith is Christ. Fellowshipping with Him. Walking with Him. Pondering Him. Exploring Him. The heart stopping realization that in him you are a part of something ancient, endless, unstoppable and unfathomable. And that He, who can dig the Grand Canyon with his pinkie, thinks you’re worth his death on Roman timber. Christ is the reward of Christianity. Why else would Paul make Him his supreme desire? “I want to know Christ.” (Phil. 3:10) – Max Lucado, Next Door Savior
Do you know Christ? Have you placed your faith in Jesus, not in your good works, but solely in Jesus’ work on the cross and his resurrection? Have you told Him, “Jesus I believe and I am sorry for the sins I have done”? Then you know Christ as your personal Savior.
But that’s only the beginning. There is so much more! Open the Bible and read for yourself. Jesus is amazing (that’s an understatement!). I am reading through the book of Matthew right now in my morning quiet time. I am amazed that though I’ve read it numerous times, I continue to learn new things about Jesus and new things about myself.
It’s Christmas Eve, a day of remembrance. The Christ child, “Immanuel, God with us” was born so that the God, who carved the Grand Canyon with his pinkie, could know you personally. God went to great lengths to know you…is it so hard to open our Bibles for just 15 minutes a day to know him? It shouldn’t be, but I’ll be the first to admit that it is.
Do you know Christ? I know President Obama but not personally. I know a lot about him, what he thinks and how he acts. But I can’t call him up for a chat on the phone. But then there’s my husband. I know all his ways, his likes and dislikes. I know him intimately and we share in a deep and meaningful relationship. Do you know Christ personally?
“We are about to begin a new year. I love a clean slate! In the new year resolve to know Christ more deeply than you ever have. Resolve to allow Jesus to touch your marriage, parenting and home and transform it. He can do a new thing in your home in the new year! Join me in the journey as we Walk with the King!