Understand that Madame Guyon’s mysticism sometimes filtered scriptural truth through mistaken personal views. She nonetheless had a valid point that challenges Christians today. Far too many people, many of them disciples of Christ, are more interested in God’s benefits than a disciplined daily recognition of and personal relationship with Jesus.
They plead for us to love each other, but won’t seek the God of love. They want to be safe, to be fed, to be protected, but won’t seek the Good Shepherd. They want to be free of guilt, but don’t seek the Savior of forgiveness. They desire a joyous after-life, but won’t seek the Christ of Resurrection.
In short, they want comfort, not commitment to God; their pleasures, not God’s Presence.
Jesus made himself the focus of discipleship. He said, “Come to me”...Matthew 11:28, “and I will give you rest.” Yet we want rest, peace, forgiveness and hope while resisting, not obeying, him.
The apostle Paul declared, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” Galatians 2:20.
Jesus...the Christ...the Son of God...he’s all Paul knew and wanted and desired and served. That wasn’t mysticism, but the essence of conversion. And it never changes just because we consider Jesus a person in our life, not the One who owns our life.
Whatever has been or is the object of our life, our affections, our support, our interest, whatever...everything will vanish except Jesus when we come to the end. He awaits every one of us and he won’t disappear just because we don’t want him there. Let’s enjoy the good things of God. But let us Desire and Seek only Jesus Christ, the God of all good things. He always remains. Always. Forever. –Fini-
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