All of me is what Dr. Jesus wants
In his classic book Mere Christianity poses the question, “Is Christianity hard or Easy?” My answer is that it’s very hard. And it seems to get harder as I get older. The following quote expresses the challenge of following Jesus and primarily it’s because he wants all of me.
Christ says: “Give me All. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there, I want to have the whole tree down. I don’t want to dull the tooth, or crown it, or stop it, but to have it out. Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked — the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you Myself: my own will shall become yours” …
The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self — all your wishes and precautions — to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead. For what we are trying to do is to remain what we call “ourselves,” to keep personal happiness as our great aim in life, and yet at the same time be “good.” We are all trying to let our mind and heart go their own way — centered on money or pleasure or ambition — and hoping, in spite of this, to behave honestly and chastely and humbly. And that is precisely what Christ warned us you could not do. As He said, a thistle cannot produce figs. …
It’s hard; but the sort of compromise we are all hankering after is harder — in fact, it is impossible. It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely just being an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad (Mere Christianity, Book Four, chapter eight).
Posted on February 22, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
Well Luch – great job as usual in getting people to think who “Jesus” really is and what only He knows what to do for us best! Really enjoyed reading various blogs and look forward to more.
When you think that He wants all of us, every little part of us – it’s sends me spinning. Lord really all of me? Not the ugly parts, the thoughts, actions, my whole life? So I ask that you help me to turn it all over to you. You do know Lord how hard that is don’t you? So again show and teach me how. Turn the ugly into beautiful!
thanks again Luch
Thx for taking the time to write.
Your comments are thoughtful.