Posts Tagged ‘Joy’
2 Corinthians 1:24
Below is a good addition to the subject of how the Cross of Christ is to be, as Piper puts it, the Blazing Center of the life not wasted – a proper life, a life lived for the purpose for which it was given. This is what saddens me regarding those who get caught up in the Lordship/Free Grace debate who say something like, “all you have to do is ‘believe’ in Jesus – anything else is works.” As if believing is so shallow, so sterile. Believing in, or having faith in (Greek, pistis is the same root for both “believe” and “faith”) is profoundly exhaustive as a total-life change/revolution/redemption/directive. He is everything and to have faith in Him is to connect to the One who is the center of life. To believe is whole life – the means and the end.
A couple of days ago, I was at a brother’s mechanic shop and we encountered a parts delivery man named HaHa – he is Vietnamese. Dimitrious and I we discussing the LORD and how we are failures and HaHa saw Dim’s Bible open on the back of a pollen-stained Mercedes in for repairs – fitting . . . Anyhow, after the paperwork was signed, HaHa stayed to listen. He then asked about our conversation and spoke broken English to us about an online audio Bible. I asked him if he was a believer and he responded, “Oh, yes. I believe in Jesus. He is my Life. I cannot live without Him.” I asked how long he had known the Lord and he dated it back to 1986 – he looked to be in his 50′s. He told us that his parents were Buddhists, but when he came to America he learned about the One, true and Living God through His Son, Jesus Christ. His whole demeanor spoke of his absolute love for Jesus.
Dim wrote me later and said this of the encounter:
That man yesterday ‘feels the meaning’, knows and has found true and everlasting forgiveness at the simple mention of his Savior’s Name, Jesus. He is aware; he is conscious of Him. If you looked into his [tear-filled] eyes and the fullness of desire for Jesus and His Word, that man had True Life! He said “He is my Life. I cannot live without Him.” May we be the same. ‘Break us Lord that we may pour out your living water for all to see; then, you Lord, if it’s your will, make them believe.’
HaHa left, a new-found brother of ours, but the Lord that binds us moved me to remember that He builds His church, for He Is the the Alpha and the Omega; the beginning and the end; the Almighty . . . we cannot live without Him either.