Mud Pies or Cake?


What images do you see when you picture a life with Christ? Are you sailing on the clouds in victory or suffering rejection and abuse? We often immagine a Jesus that meets our personal needs. When we feel hurt we see the loving Jesus. When we feel guilty we may associate with the suffering servant. When we are offended we call on the Jesus drove people out of the temple. Would the real Jesus please stand up? We often settle for a watered down image of Jesus. When we take communion our thoughts are dran towards bread and juice before blood and skin. Our imagination falls short of the providing, loving, suffering and righteous God. Our Jesus is comfortable and safe; never too righteous and never too kind. We accompany a Messiah who makes minimum wage and dosent do anything out of the ordinary.

We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

-C.S. Lewis in The Weight of Glory

What type of Jesus have you settled for? Are you easily pleased with a Jesus who provides you with mud cakes or does your Jesus make cake? There is only one Jesus and we read about him in the Bible. There are many interpretations of Christ. This is because Jesus was a multi-dimensional person. He was not a cardboard cutout Son of God. He was the full embodiment of our Creator and the most dynamic person who ever lived.

Imagine the whole person of Christ. Saturate yourself in every aspect of his character. He is righteous and graceful. He is meek and fierce. He is a servant and a king. Open your whole Bible and see Jesus for the person that he truly is.

Brent ColbyComment