“…to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).
Does Jesus move you?
Let me ask you in another way: “When you contemplate the wonder of Christ, does your heart respond with emotion?” Perhaps it would benefit to ask it of yourself like this: “Am I stirred when I consider what my relationship with God through Christ brings to my life?”
In 2006 Barna Research was interviewing church leaders across the country in regard to church growth and church decline and as to what they attributed each congregation’s present experience. Then, at the end of the dialogue, the interviewer would ask each leader one final question: “What does Jesus mean to you?” The responses they received were honest and genuine” “He is my Savior, my Redeemer, my Friend.” Each response was honest and genuine, and yet, each was what we would expect. Except when they asked it of a man who ministered in a small, isolated church in the Northwest. When asked what Jesus meant to his life, the minister began to cry, incapable of even responding verbally. Folks, that’s the response of a life that has abandoned everything for Jesus, and is fully aware of His goodness. I believe too often we’ve been conditioned to respond void of emotion. Our conditioned response is clinical. Academic. Detached. When was the last time you have stood speechless before sunrays pouring through the clouds? When were you last moved to tears in praising His name? Have you ever been driven to your knees when singing, “I Stand in Awe”? There are some who argue emotion challenges reverence. I say they do not understand and they are missing out. Let us glorify God with our heart!
Jason Reeves – West Erwin church of Christ, Tyler, TX