I am to cling to Christ alone; he has taught neither too much nor too little. He has taught me to know God the Father, has revealed himself to me, and has also acquainted me with the Holy Spirit. He has also taught me how to live and how to die and has told me what to hope for. What more do I want?  
-Martin Luther 

 

What else is there?  Who else is there?  If you have lived one day as a Jesus-follower and spent a thousand without him you know what Luther is getting at.  I have enjoyed many of the niceties this world can offer and yet—Jesus is in a class of his own.  Even my own children—as much as I dig them—are no match for Jesus. 

I adore Jesus—I am learning to appreciate others.  But no one else deserves my worship.  How often I pay homage to that which competes with Jesus for my affection and it never suffices.

No one else can satisfy my deepest longings.   

Third Day sings:    

I’ve heard all the stories
I’ve seen all the signs
Witnessed all the glory. Yeah
Tasted all that’s fine

Nothing compares
to the greatness of knowing You, Lord…

I see all the people
Wasting all their time
Building up their riches
For a life that’s fine

What will it finally take for us to learn that any life we seek outside of Christ is sure to leave us hungry, empty, disillusioned, and wore-out?  If we’d only seek him before and above all else how  full and overflowing our lives and our hearts would be!

Peter, the rough-edged servant of Jesus, knew full well.

 67 So Jesus said to the Twelve, ‘Do you want to go away as well?’ 68 Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”   (John 6:67-69, ESV)

Teach us to cling to you alone Lord Jesus.

 

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