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IS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST CENTRAL?
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins.
If the Lord Jesus Christ is not crucial, central, vital, and occupying the very center of our meditation and our living, thinking, and praying, we have no right to look for revival. And yet, if you go and talk to many people, even in the church, about religion, you will find that they will talk to you at great length without ever mentioning the Lord Jesus Christ. I am never tired of putting it like this, because it is something that I am so familiar with in my experience as a pastor. People come and talk to me about these things, and I put my question to them. I say, “If you had to die tonight, how would you feel?”
“Oh,” they say, “I believe in God.”
“All right,” I reply, “what will you say when you stand in the presence of God? What are you relying on?”
“Well,” they say, “I have always tried to live a good life, I have done my best, I have tried to do good.”
“But nevertheless you have sinned, haven’t you?”
“Oh yes, I have sinned.”
“So,” I ask, “what do you do about your sin? What will you say to God, in the presence of God, about your sin?”
“Well,” they say, “I believe God is a God of love.”
“And how does that help you?”
“Well,” they say, “I believe that if I acknowledge my sin to God and then ask Him to forgive me, He does forgive me, and I am relying upon that.”
The point I am making is that they do not even mention the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. They seem to think that they can go to God directly without the Lord Jesus Christ at all. There is a great deal of so-called Christianity that is quite Christ-less.
A Thought to Ponder
If the Lord Jesus Christ is not occupying the very center of our meditation, we have no right to look for revival.
From Revival, pp. 45-46.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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