Tag: Find

Jesus Made Real

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He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine and shall shew it unto you. John 16:14.

We do not make Jesus real by conjuring up a mental picture of Him long ago in Galilee and trying to walk in imagination with Him there. We do not have to go back two thousand years or travel to Palestine to find Jesus. There is a fad for that sort of thing, but so might one inwardly visualize any character of history. Such mental association may, indeed, affect one’s life to some degree, but it is far from the way Christ is made real to the believer.

The Holy Spirit has come for that purpose. All things spiritual are from God through Christ and are communicated to us by the Spirit. It was expedient that Jesus should go that the Spirit might come. He does not testify of Himself but of Christ, and He makes the Lord real to the heart. It is not a mere mental exercise but the work of the Spirit that enables us to say, “He is real to me.”

by Vance Havner

Lost and Found

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“He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:39

Most of us are out to succeed, to achieve our own ends, to accomplish our own goals and aims. But God operates a Lost and Found Department, wherein a man loses himself in Another, exchanges self-realization for Christ-realization. It takes out all the fever and strain, the mad drive to reach some goal this crazy world has set, or some mark we have put up for ourselves. Today millions crack up in this insane scramble, but the man who lives for Christ’s sake finds by losing what others lose forever trying to find.

You will observe that Jesus said, “He that loseth his life for my sake.” Never forget that qualification. That rules out mere altruism and idealism. Martyrs in scientific research, men who lose themselves in music or art or medicine, soldiers on battlefields, do not necessarily come into this category. We must lose ourselves for His sake. Not even for religion’s sake – for His sake. We are inclined to take in too much territory here.

God’s “Lost and Found” operates “for Christ’s sake.”

by Vance Havner