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What Does It All Mean?

From Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The search for deeper meaning, to find a place in this vast universe, is common to mankind. Even those who conclude there is no meaning had to ‘discover’ this along the way somehow.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a thing. –Proverbs 25:2

We were made to search. Of course, not everyone agrees how this came about, but we can recognize the longing inside us. If there were no meaning and no way of discovery, then how would we have any reference for this? That’s the point Lewis is making here.

Some have seen my facebook page and other places where I’ve talked about my best friend growing up who passed away last week. I’m in Oklahoma now for the funeral, which is today.

He was a true prodigal. He went out searching with some hurts as a catalyst that convinced him that God didn’t care and he didn’t have a place in the Church.

The truly miraculous thing was how God brought him back and restored him to his family and the Father.

Even in his wandering, I would have conversations with him and he would tell me that he knew there was a spiritual side and wouldn’t deny it, but he could basically make no sense of it.

It took him returning to God and his family to discover what has been missing. Anger and hurt couldn’t make life make sense. Pain and rejection couldn’t either. Sin and pleasure couldn’t give him the meaning he craved. It was only found in his God.

Then he saw clearly. He saw he had believed a lie and that he truly was accepted. He saw purpose and destiny through the lens of eternity and it wasn’t marked by what he had done or not done, it was marked in mercy and precious atoning blood.

I realize Mr. Lewis didn’t expound on all this in his chapter, but this is where I am at the moment. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He gives us the path, reveals who He is, and imbues everything we do with meaning.

The question always is, are we in the place to allow Him to show us?


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.


15 Comments

  1. I chose the same quote…

    I was sorry to hear about your friend, but it sounds like he has gone before us to take his place at the banquet table. My heart and thoughts go to those left behind who while finding comfort in his eternity still miss him in the present.

    I am journeying in His Way, believing in His Truth, and empowered by His Life… His light dispelled my darkness… His power made me light… That others may see and glorify the Father in Heaven.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..God Created Light to Dispel Our DarknessMy Profile

    • Absolutely. Thank you, Dusty.

  2. Good quote--of course with Lewis there is a lot to choose from. The whole “there has to be light to make dark meaningful” thing is a good way to get into a long discussion with thoughtful atheists.
    seekingpastor recently posted..Learning from RufusMy Profile

    • Very true. Thanks Matt.

  3. Praying for peace as you remember your friend today.
    Tony Alicea recently posted..The Anatomy of a DreamMy Profile

    • I appreciate it, Tony.

  4. How precious is His timing, your friend turning back into His arms before leaving us…

    Once again, we have chosen to write n the very same words…
    HisFireFly recently posted..Finding lightMy Profile

    • He does have amazing timing and I’m so thankful for those of his family and friends who never gave up. It’s such a testimony of His great faithfulness. Thank you, Karin.

  5. hi jason,

    sorry, but, i am just not doing to well at covering this book on my blog…
    and i am going to back-out of the posting part.

    yet, i do plan to continue reading the book and following the posts.

    i like the book so far, and would recommend it to others.
    nance marie recently posted..reading mere christianityMy Profile

  6. “We were made to search.” That says so much.

    Praying for you and your friend’s family, Jason.
    Glynn recently posted..Lewis Channels ChestertonMy Profile

    • I appreciate it, Glynn. Thank you.

  7. actually, i will continue to post every week. it just may not be exactly on the whole chapter…or even on the chapter at all.
    nance marie recently posted..reading mere christianityMy Profile

    • The nice thing about this is we don’t have to recap the chapter in the least. We can take a phrase or a quote or anything and let that be a launching pad. You never have to feel forced, just let your mind go and see what turns up! Thanks Nance.

      Oh and if you don’t come up with anything, that’s more than fine too. 🙂

  8. ok. i am finally coming around here.
    i just read your post, and it is a most wonderful post indeed.
    the story that you have told of your friend’s returning to God and about the things that keep us from seeing the truth.

    the point of reference is necessary.

    and one day we will no longer have lies and deceit that can take our attention away from our God.

    i like the way you take some of the writing and can tell us how you are with it in your own life.
    nance marie recently posted..reading mere christianityMy Profile

    • Thank you, Nance. Holy Spirit helps us apply the truth and that makes all the difference!

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