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Monday, April 16th, '18

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MY, MY, MY

"Thomas said...my Lord, and my God!" (John 20:28)

 

The fact that we can have a personal relationship with God is the greatest wonder of the New Covenant. "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want"; my, my, my. A Hindu may have to walk a thousand miles to find a Brahman priest that can serve as go-between to interface the gods. Another feels he has to enter a musty confession booth then go through a father to get to Father. But none of religion's ways are "the way". Jesus said, "I am the way...no one comes to the Father but by me" (John 14:6). But once Christ is received there is a new birth and with a new birth comes a new belonging. Jesus told Mary Magdalene to run to the disciples and tell them, "I ascend to my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God" (John 20:17). One week after that Sunday Thomas beheld the nail-scarred hands and feet of Jesus and cried, "My Lord, and my God". Christ demands personal response.

 

Can you faithfully say, "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine"? One of the greatest hymns ever written proclaims, "This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long". My story, my song, my Savior, my, my, my! There is no insurance in "Blessed Assurance" unless the insured, the beneficiary, is me. Others have experienced Him, that's great, but He is "my Lord, and my God". The heart owns Him as its own. Intimacy has been defined as "into me, see?" He sees me; I see Him. The profession is "me and Jesus and Jesus and me". The "me" in that case bears no selfishness. It is a sense of pride but not carnal pride. The greatest joy of the lover is to brag on the love. A proud father boasts, "That's my boy". A content employee calls it "my job", and a satisfied church member declares, "My church", instead of "that church". Ownership necessitates investment. What have you invested in your relationship with Christ?

 

Darlene Zschech's Shout to the Lord has been the battle anthem of this generation. Its lyrics begin with "My Jesus, my Savior" then the next stanza, "my comfort, my shelter"; my, my, my. Her intimacy provokes my jealousy. I want in on the me-ology. Can I have Jesus as my own? David makes it clear, "The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield, and the horn of my salvation" (Psalm 18:2). He was not myopic (near-focused) but he was my-opic (Christ-focused). Jesus was front-center stage to everything in his life. "I have set the Lord always before me..." (Psalm 16:8) "Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him..." (Psalm 91:14) Religion is a try, try, try thing. Relationship is a my, my, my thing. I have right to call my four-year-old granddaughter "my little princess" but don't you out there in cyber-land try it. I have an investment and relationship; you don't. George Burns starred in a mock flick called "My God". The sinner shaken aghast by a horrible sight cries, "My God!" But in both cases the words are just that, words. When the believing worshiper says "my", it is not just semantic, it is romantic. "This is my story, this is my song". You can't tell it or sing it because you haven't lived it, nor can I sing yours. God is a personal God and deals with people personally. I'm glad it is that way and would be the loser if I didn't give my all from my heart for my Jesus, who is my love.


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