I couldn’t help but be moved by the post “I Miss Him” over at Beauty from the Heart. It’s the kind of story that could rock you to the core. As I read, I felt a deep and heartfelt sadness for Charles Templeton – oh! If only he could see the hope! If only he could see that He who had no sin became sin for us, that the Jesus he misses so much could be seen again someday.
It reminds me of a question I was asked the a couple months ago.
I help at my church each Wednesday, and one Wednesday I was talking with some of the guys there about John Piper’s book, God is the Gospel. I’d never read it, so I was intrigued. I was leaning on the door frame of the office, another guy sitting in a chair in the corner, and one guy sitting with God is the Gospel in his hands in a chair by the desk. He told us he was very moved by this book.
“There’s this great part,” he told us, “somewhere early on, where John Piper asks this question.” He started flipping through the pages. Finally he found it.
“It’s like this,” my friend said, “If we were able to go to heaven, to receive all the benefits of eternal life, no pain, no tears…but Christ was not there…would we be satisfied?”
We all stood silent as he looked up. I glanced down at the floor.
Finally, our reader broke the silence. “I think each of us, sometimes, might honestly answer ‘yes’ to that question.”
That was pretty scary – and many times true for me.
So, I find myself working each day to grow a deeper affection for Christ, and the way I do that is by constantly reminding myself of the cross, and studying books that grow that deeper affection for Christ. But is my affection that deep? Would I honestly say I would not go to heaven without Christ?
If you haven’t read the story and interview of Charles Templeton, just stop right now and do it. Then come back.
Okay. So, you’re back.
Are you like him? Do you long to see your Savior’s face? Do you long to run to him? Do you cry out for Him, and Him alone? Can you honestly say, “give me Jesus, give me Jesus, only Jesus“?
I pray that I can. And I pray you can as well.