Thursday, February 19, 2009

Enraptured by Christ

I am currently reading "The Assurance of Our Salvation: Exploring the Depths of Jesus' Prayer for His Own" which is a study of the book of John, chapter seventeen. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones goes through the first five verses of the chapter, he says these provocatively magnificent words:

"If you read the lives of the saints who have gone before us in this world, you will find that they spent most of their time in talking together about Jesus...It seems to me that this is the note that we must recapture, and that there is no real hope for revival and true awakening until we come back to this. And the way to do that is to study the Scriptures, to spend our time in reading and meditating upon them and then in humbling ourselves in worship and in adoration before such a marvelous truth. Now I am not saying this in a theoretical manner for I am anxious to be extremely practical. No, I advocate this because, apart from anything else, the real cure for most of our subjective ills is ultimately to be so enraptured by the beauty and the glory of Christ that we will forget ourselves and will not have time to think about ourselves at all. Now that is a bit of good psychology...We are living such a ridiculous type of life that our nerves are tired and frayed, and as a result we are all of us concerned about self, and the great problem is how to get away from it.

The high road to that is to be absorbed by someone else, something outside oneself, which is so glorious and wonderful that, without knowing it, we forget all about ourselves. This can happen as you look at some marvelous scenery, or fall in love and forget yourself; well, multiply that by infinity and look into the face of Jesus Christ and catch something of his glory, and I assure you that most of the 'mumps and measles of the soul' will automatically be cured and you will find yourself in a healthy condition, mentally, spiritually and even psychologically."

1 comments:

DJV February 27, 2009 at 4:29 PM  

This is the one that got me. Goodnight! God, that this might be true of me.

"The high road to that is to be absorbed by someone else, something outside oneself, which is so glorious and wonderful that, without knowing it, we forget all about ourselves."