simply settled

The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.
Thomas Merton

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(cattail / Julie Cook / 2016)

I posed a question yesterday…
or actually… A.W. Tozer posed the question…

the question being…
“what do you think of Christ and what are you going to do about him…”

And maybe that’s two question in one…

However…
in that simple question lies the cusp of everything…
everything in a compact little nutshell.
The true bottom line.

For you see…
the question here isn’t about religion….
It isn’t about debates…
It isn’t about doctrine…
It isn’t about being an atheist
It isn’t about being agnostic
It isn’t about faith…

This is a question about one thing and one thing only.

Jesus Christ.

Nothing that has followed.
Nothing that has preceded.
Nothing that has resulted over the continuum of mankind…

With the only sole issue in the question, which is of relevant importance, is simply Jesus Christ.

People can claim to have problems with the Bible…
With the Church
With the faithful
with morality
with the various branches of Christianity…

Yet when all of that which is superfluous is finally pushed aside,
when the dust is settled
and the last breath of contention is expended,
it is only Jesus Christ who remains….

All these other issues,
concerns,
battles,
questions….
are reduced but to one single thing…

“God spake His eternal Word in Christ Jesus the Lord,
so Christ has settled every question….”
Because everything stands or falls with Him—and Him alone…

And until you are willing to cut away and dispose of everything else
that merely is distraction and minutia…
and deal with the center of the matter…
Jesus himself…
then you will continue avoiding the answer…

(a paraphrase of thought based on A.W. Tozer’s The Crucified Life)

In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you,
my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.
Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

John 16:23-24

18 comments on “simply settled

  1. I truly do not believe people understand the urgency in answering this paramount question. I finished a book recently where a closing point was “…we are only one heartbeat away.” A dear, dear friend from my childhood was killed a few days ago in an automobile accident – there was one normal, every day heartbeat, then none, ever again. We all need to answer the question, and live what time is left reflecting that decision.

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    As Jack Palance said as he played the character, Curley in “City Slickers, “There’s only one thing and it’s for us to figure out.”

  3. Okay, you’ve come close but this time this has blown me out of the water and I am absolutely speechless! Dang woman you are just amazing and this is so awesome!
    Man did you nail this squarely on the head!!! Indeed it is all about what we are going to do with Jesus and how are we going to respond to his summons!!! πŸ™‚ ❀

  4. JoAnna says:

    Yep. You nailed it. πŸ™‚ Simple and powerful.

  5. JoAnna says:

    Now I must go a little deeper:
    I usually pray to God. A couple weeks back, I started my prayers with this word: Jesus.
    Immediately, with that one name, a feeling washed over me and I gasped out loud. It’s hard to describe this feeling, but I will try. It was like a combination of love, exhilaration, warmth, comfort… a knowing of his presence, his power. I meant to write about it, but guess I got distracted. Your blog post brought it back to me just now. Thank you.

  6. SLIMJIM says:

    That question puts what matters front and center; other things follow from how one answer that question.

  7. JoAnna says:

    Reblogged this on Anything is Possible! and commented:
    Finding hope in Julie’s message. I hope you will, too.

  8. […] quote comes from Julie’s post: “Simply Settled” at “Cookie Crumbs to Live […]

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