Not a Cottage, but a Palace

I make no apologies for it. I am a RAVING fan of C.S. Lewis. He continues to delight me, surprise me, enlighten me, and move me.

In Lewis, I find brilliant ideas, beautifully expressed.

In Lewis, I find a faithful teacher of historical Christian faith, in fresh ways.

On Sunday, I read several paragraphs from Mere Christianity (Book 4, Chapter 9: Counting the Cost). The pivotal words are on the image above. It is a vision of the Christian life. It is a vision of what Jesus wants to do in and with your life. He is forming you, not into a decent little cottage, but into a palace.

But, we must let him do this. We can prevent him from doing what he wants to do, but if we allow him, Lewis continues:

He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, a dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful, but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what He said.

This is why Jesus matters. He is the God who is love and life itself. He is the God who intends for his love and life to totally and thoroughly remake us into his image.

That is why we believe in, accept, receive, trust, love, worship, and follow Jesus.

If Jesus is God and love and life, then Jesus Matters Most of All.

May Jesus Matter More Than Ever for you this week and every week in 2018. And may the renovation of your life continue without interruption all year.

Pastor Brian


Brian Rice