I’m writing this not long after our June Communion and I hope we all enjoyed the weekend. We were blessed to welcome five new members and we thank God for Jan, James, Janette, Derek & Betty. God continues to assemble his team at
Friday night of the communion weekend in particular impacted on me. It made me examine myself as to my appetite for God himself. My appetite is never normally a problem for me (which is itself the problem!) but I’ve found myself challenged and reawakened to seek after more of God. C S Lewis (perhaps the most quotable man – bar Jesus – who ever lived!) once said:
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak.
We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition
when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child
who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum
because he cannot imagine what is meant
by the offer of a holiday at the sea.
We are far too easily pleased.”
One of the biggest challenges to me personally was hearing of incidences where God came down in power and many Christians had to leave as they struggled to cope with God’s presence. How would I react? Am I too comfortable with too little?
Going through the Psalms I see such passionate language such as:
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
The psalmist yearns for God himself. It was Paul’s cry too – “oh that I might know him!” It’s so easy for that passion in us to dull. To become satisfied with forms and ritual. To be far too easily pleased. Where do we look for satisfaction? Has God become sidelined? Peripheral? It happens all too easily – to us all. We need
to encourage one another on to avoid this from happening.
What is most necessary for us all is that we see the all-surpassing preciousness of Jesus. The Cross shows us that most vividly and clearly – the passion God has for us, the lengths he would go to save us, infinite love, infinite dedication, hope. Like Bartimaeus maybe our prayer should be ‘Lord, I want to see’.
We are going through a process of change in the congregation – which is never easy. But let that not distract us from pursuing more of God. We are satisfied with far too little, when God offers us infinite joy – as he offers us himself. Often we major on minors and things become issues in Church life that should not be. Let’s major on who is central – God himself. Those who have gone before were faithful in their day, we must wrestle with what faithfulness to God looks like in 2013. Through it all we must keep our eyes on Jesus.
The greatest reward of the Christian life is to be with God forever. We shall see him face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12, Rev 22:4). I pray that that would not only be my passion but our passion now.
“Less would not satisfy, more could not be desired”.
William Guthrie, The Christians Great Interest
Rev Calum MacMillian