17 September 2017

My dear Friends in Christ,

It has been a while since I read some of C.S. Lewis’ writings.  As you may be aware Lewis was a prolific Christian author and apologist in the 20th century and what I, and many others, love about him, is his no nonsense, matter of fact logic when unravelling the great mysteries of God and our relationship with him and our purpose and place in the world.

This week I picked up one of his many bestselling books called, The Problem of Pain, in which he deals with the universal reality of suffering in life.  At one point he describes the fact (it is always a fact with Lewis smiley) that since we are created by God, he knows what is best for us, i.e. he knows what we need to be at our best since he is the one who designed us.  Again, this is a matter of simple logic for Lewis – God made us and therefore God is our only good.  He then quotes George McDonald who said that we must be strong in the strength of God and blessed by the blessedness of God because God has ‘no other to give.’ 

Lewis continues, “This is the conclusion of the whole matter.  God gives what he has, not what he has not: He gives the happiness that there is, not the happiness that is not.”  God cannot give to us anything other than that which he has designed for our good; knowing exactly what is for our good since he made us.

Lewis’ concluding remarks on this subject is what brings a smile to my face:

To be God or to be like God and share his goodness in response to his blessings or to be miserable; these are the only three alternatives.  If we will not learn to eat the only food that the universe grows, then we must starve eternally.”

I love his matter of fact conclusion!  There are only 3 options for us in life:

  1. To be God (all powerful) – which we cannot be, although there are those who think that they are God – Power hungry and money grabbing; laughing in the face of the world with no regard for anyone other than their own interests!  
  2. To be miserable – which we are all too often, wallowing in self-pity.
  3. To be like God (full of compassion, love, kindness and righteousness) – And to live for others – to share his goodness with the world in response to his blessings and grace.

Which option do you choose and pray for?

My prayer for you and I is that the Holy Spirit will generate within us God’s life and character.  That, in his strength, we will do all we can to live generous, compassionate and joy-filled lives in which giving thanks in response to God’s many blessings (which are designed for our good) comes easily to us.  This sounds much better than being miserable or self-obsessed.

With my love, Chris

 

 
...We are called and strive to be a Christ centered family that is dynamic, diverse and devoted, serving the wider community, encouraging all people to discover and fulfill their potential in Jesus, living by faith, displaying love and offering hope, all by the grace of God. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
17 September 2017

My dear Friends in Christ,

It has been a while since I read some of C.S. Lewis’ writings.  As you may be aware Lewis was a prolific Christian author and apologist in the 20th century and what I, and many others, love about him, is his no nonsense, matter of fact logic when unravelling the great mysteries of God and our relationship with him and our purpose and place in the world.

This week I picked up one of his many bestselling books called, The Problem of Pain, in which he deals with the universal reality of suffering in life.  At one point he describes the fact (it is always a fact with Lewis smiley) that since we are created by God, he knows what is best for us, i.e. he knows what we need to be at our best since he is the one who designed us.  Again, this is a matter of simple logic for Lewis – God made us and therefore God is our only good.  He then quotes George McDonald who said that we must be strong in the strength of God and blessed by the blessedness of God because God has ‘no other to give.’ 

Lewis continues, “This is the conclusion of the whole matter.  God gives what he has, not what he has not: He gives the happiness that there is, not the happiness that is not.”  God cannot give to us anything other than that which he has designed for our good; knowing exactly what is for our good since he made us.

Lewis’ concluding remarks on this subject is what brings a smile to my face:

To be God or to be like God and share his goodness in response to his blessings or to be miserable; these are the only three alternatives.  If we will not learn to eat the only food that the universe grows, then we must starve eternally.”

I love his matter of fact conclusion!  There are only 3 options for us in life:

  1. To be God (all powerful) – which we cannot be, although there are those who think that they are God – Power hungry and money grabbing; laughing in the face of the world with no regard for anyone other than their own interests!  
  2. To be miserable – which we are all too often, wallowing in self-pity.
  3. To be like God (full of compassion, love, kindness and righteousness) – And to live for others – to share his goodness with the world in response to his blessings and grace.

Which option do you choose and pray for?

My prayer for you and I is that the Holy Spirit will generate within us God’s life and character.  That, in his strength, we will do all we can to live generous, compassionate and joy-filled lives in which giving thanks in response to God’s many blessings (which are designed for our good) comes easily to us.  This sounds much better than being miserable or self-obsessed.

With my love, Chris

 

 
...We are called and strive to be a Christ centered family that is dynamic, diverse and devoted, serving the wider community, encouraging all people to discover and fulfill their potential in Jesus, living by faith, displaying love and offering hope, all by the grace of God.