A Framework of Faith/Spiritual Vision
May our purpose be strong: to strive for what is fittest. Let us all love Jesus, for this is the highest thing.
- Oengus mac Oengobann, Feilire Oengusso (Irish, 9th century)
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the coutcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
- 1 Peter 1.8, 9
Without faith it is impossible to please God. Without faith we cannot live the Christian life. We claim to believe in a Savior Who is raised from the dead, seated at the right hand of God (somewhere), upholding the cosmos by His Word of power, and coming again for us some day soon.
We've never seen Jesus, and yet we know Him. All we have is the testimony of an ancient Book and the witness of 2,000 years of people who have believed it. That, and the Holy Spirit. And so we believe, and, believing, we know it is true. We know that Jesus lives, and that we are His. We know by faith, and not by sight.
And if we know Jesus, truly know Him - if we meet Him in His glory with some regularity, in prayer, reflecting on His Word, contemplating the creation, if we meet Him here and know that weight of glory bearing down on us, swarming us with divine presence and unspeakable, inexpressible joy, do we not also love Him?
We do not see Him, but we believe in Him, and believing, we love Him. This is the highest thing: to love Jesus, and through Him, to love the Father and the Spirit as well. When we know Jesus we will love Him, though we see Him not. The eye of the heart drinks in the unseen vista of the exalted Christ and we thrill with the beauty of it all.
Seeing Jesus thus we love Him more. And when we love Him, we will tell others. We will walk with Him. We will not let Him go. Not ever.
To love Jesus. Yes, this is the highest thing.
Today at The Fellowship of Ailbe
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