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From Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The passion God feels for me is infinitely brighter than what I feel for my wife, yet I can choose to ignore it. I can downplay it. I can focus my attention elsewhere. In a word, I can reject Him.

He created me with this ability. I have to volunteer my love and affection and devotion. I can forget Him and what He wants. I can follow my own lusts and substandard passions.

Still, He’s excited when He thinks about me–my life, my future, my calling, everything. And He thinks about me all the time. He “exults” over me–dances wildly–with joy and rejoices over me with shouts (Zephaniah 3:17).

I know all this (as best I can), but I also need the deeper experience of it. To get it, I have to lay aside other pursuits and passions. When I married my wife, I promised to love and stand with her for the rest of my life. The love we get to share is based on that trust and understanding.

To gain further access to the wild grace and conquering love of God, I need greater surrender to His Spirit and a deeper abiding in His word. I have to choose it. And I do want it.

Why?

From Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

That sums it up. I can deny it, but my life operates through connection with Him. If I don’t have Him, I have nothing (and that’s not preacher’s hyperbole here).

What are choosing today? Are you encouraged to choose Him and go deeper?


This is the part of our book club discussion on Chapter 6 of Mere Christianity (disclosure) by C.S. Lewis. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it.  If you have a response on your blog, add it in the link widget below. Also head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for another great take. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.


24 Comments

  1. I am very encouraged to go deeper, I love doing so. Now to find the time with 3 kids to actually do it!
    Matthew Snider recently posted..Slow Down- Be Patient!My Profile

    • Believe me, I know what you mean! Thanks Matthew. God will make a way. 🙂

  2. Going deeper my friend.
    Michael recently posted..On ArguingMy Profile

    • Thank you, Michael.

  3. yes, i think that one of the major things in how we are made is relationship and interaction. and this is a combination of spirit, human, Spirit relation-interaction.

    within this is life.
    nance marie recently posted..mere christianity by csLewisMy Profile

    • Absolutely. Thank you, Nance.

  4. He made us to know HIm, love Him, and serve HIm. We can’t be happy unless we are doing what we were created for.
    Helen recently posted..My Strength is My WeaknessMy Profile

    • Seems so simple, but it takes us a lifetime to get it and some never do. Thanks Helen.

  5. This was awesome Jason! Loved it.

    God bless you…
    Ingrid recently posted..You wont reach it on tiptoeMy Profile

    • I appreciate it, Ingrid! God bless you too. 🙂

  6. Wonderful!
    Mama Zen recently posted..Not Even MidnightMy Profile

    • Thanks so much!

  7. When we choose Him above all else we have everything we need. If we choose anything else above Him, we have nothing.
    HisFireFly recently posted..Shouts and whispersMy Profile

    • Perfect summation, Karin. Thank you.

  8. He wants us to love him. He made us to love him. And even more astounding is that he loves us -- he made us to be loved by him. It’s overwhelming.
    Glynn recently posted..Throw Out the Marketing CampaignMy Profile

    • I agree. It’s overwhelming! Thanks Glynn.

  9. Man, I love this post bro’! We are made on purpose and made for a purpose…going deeper is the way to go.

    Thanks Bro’
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..Is that AllMy Profile

    • Yeah! Thanks so much, Jay.

  10. I love that last quote! It is awesome!

    • That’s why I picked it, of course! 🙂 Thanks Kevin.

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