April 27, 2020
-Pastor JP Moreaux
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. – Eph 3:17-19
The Grand Canyon is considered one of the great wonders of the world. The beauty of its breadth. The splendor of its length and height. The mystery of its depth. You would be hard pressed to find a single person that has never seen a picture of the grand canyon; or at the very least has heard of it and thus has some sense of what it is. In saying that, the facts show that over 80% of its actual visitors spend an average of 15 minutes at the rim. 15 minutes! AT THE RIM! They don’t camp overnight on the canyon trail or take the trek down to the Colorado River that made the canyon. They come, they look, and they return to their cars. Then, the rest of their lives they tell people about their 15 minutes on the rim! They never went deeper. They never took an adventure. They never got a close-up look at the river that made it all. 80% of them! They just got back in their cars and went back to normal, but yet by their own testimony have “been to the Grand Canyon”. But have they?? What a powerful illustration of dead religion! We come to the edge of the River of Christ and in 15 minutes say the salvation prayer. Then for the rest of our lives we go and tell people about our 15 minutes. We peer at the splendor of it all for an hour or two, albeit from a distance, once or twice a week and say that we “know Christ.” But do we?? We never go deeper or further into the heart and purposes of the Lord. In what particular way is Jesus calling you off the safe bank of your life into the wild and powerful river of his will and presence? To not just get a feel for God, but as Paul writes “to be full of God”. I want to see what is down in the gorge of His greatness. I want to experience the mysteries of His majesty. I don’t want to just peer from the rim and only have a general idea of Him! I want to jump down into its abyss and truly know Him! Don’t you?? Let’s plunge deep into the wonder of Jesus and His love. He’s inviting us; I hear it’s beautiful down there! Will you go with me?!