A Quick Thought (again) From C.S. Lewis…

Those who read this blog often know by now that I like to read C.S. Lewis. And as I’ve already stated many times, I certainly don’t agree with everything he’s written. But for me, at least, he has a way of putting things that resonates with me and motivates me toward a greater faith in and faithfulness to Christ. There are so many of his writings that I’d like to share in this blog from time to time, but today I’ll just share one of my favorites from Mere Christianity:

What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they could ‘be like gods’—could set up on their own as if they had created themselves—be their own masters—invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.

The reason why it can never succeed is this. God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other.

The point is obvious, and probably the more I say about it the more I’ll detract from it. But there is no other but Christ that can truly satisfy my heart’s longings, my soul’s thirst, and my mind’s quests. But whenever I choose to sin—whenever I choose to be my own master—invent some sort of happiness for myself outside God, apart from God—I’m actually rejecting Christ as my greatest satisfaction.

But repentance is when I reject and reverse that choice—when I say that I’m right now choosing Christ as my greatest satisfaction—my greatest glory—my greatest hope for now and my future—and I’m rejecting trying to find something other than God which will make me happy.

(Then it is good to read, pray through, meditate on God’s Word, like Psalm 16 or 27, or Colossians 3:1-17—to make these scriptures my prayers.)

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