"All we want in Christ, we shall find in Christ. If we want little, we shall find little. If we want much, we shall find much; but if in utter helplessness we cast our all on Christ, He will be to us the whole treasury of God.” ―Henry Benjamin Whipple
I keep coming back there...
When I'm in church, covered in worship.
When I'm sleeping, tucked in peace.
When I'm driving, lost in regret.
When I'm in my shower, drowned in prayer.
When I'm remembering, distracted by shame.
Wherever I am, whatever the state of my heart, I return there. To those words. To the truth of them.
We can have as much of God as we want.
So how much do I want? Do you want?
When I've messed up (again)? How much of Jesus do I desire? When I'm struggling with pride? How much of Him do I want? When I'm wrestling doubts? How much of God do I need? When I'm fighting fears? How much of Christ is there available?
As much as I want.
The offer is free to me.
But the result is somewhat dependent on me.
If Mr. Whipple's words are true, then we get what we put in.
I'm not referring to salvation here, which is grace. I'm talking basic principles that we overlook and overcomplicate and underestimate. The simple fact that we get what we look for. We find what we seek. If w e aren't looking/wanting/seeking...we miss it. It slips right past.
I believe there are exceptions, absolutely. I believe that Jesus comes for His sheep when they wander and aren't seeking much at all and are lost and bleeding, and caught and crying. He comes to them when they can't or won't come to Him, and He offers to carry them back to pasture. He did that for me.
But... He also knew deep down the cry of my heart. The cry I couldn't hear anymore because of my sin and stubbornness and the howl of the wind in my storm - but He heard loud and clear.
So yes, of course there are exceptions and God will not and can not be bound to any formula we as mere humans can attempt to chain Him to. But I have to consider this truth...The Word promises us in Jeremiah 29 that when we seek God, we will find Him. But look -
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (NIV)
It's not a catch. It's not a formula. But it matters. It's there, black and white.
"All your heart."
So how much do you want? How much are you willing to put in?
How much am I?
A ridiculously wise friend told me a while back that there is a duality in me that needs to be resolved. And he's absolutely right. And it's in a lot of us, maybe all of us. The age-old flesh vs spirit struggle, sure. But more than that. It's that duality of desire. I want this and believe this for my life, yet a lot of the time, my actions and thoughts portray the exact opposite. My spirit is torn between what I truly desire and what I think I deserve, between what I believe God has for me and what I'm afraid is all that's left.
A duality to be resolved.
Want little, find little.
Seek with all your heart.
I want to cast my all. Even in helplessness. Maybe because of helplessness. In spite of...even though...even so... I want to give it everything.
Give HIM everything.