Forever a Dwarf Without Jesus

Sep 26, 2014 2697

child-measuring-heightWhile at Movie World with some friends recently, I watched as a young child desperately tried to fit the height bar in order to qualify for one of the heart-stopping rollercoaster rides. But try as he may, the youngster still had some growing to do before he would be allowed on board.

I got to thinking how much like that child so many Christians are. They believe that with a little more growth, spiritual stretching and muscle building they will qualify for entry through the gates of heaven. What with a little more praying, a little more giving, a little more genuineness, compassion, perseverance, smiling, self-discipline… they would reach the dizzying heights of sainthood and qualify for the red-carpet hall of heavenly fame.

But then we read 1 Corinthians 13, the tallest of all orders, and suddenly growing THAT tall begins to look more like a pipe dream than a reality. It seems like it is very possible to be very tall religiously speaking while being nothing more than a spiritual midget in heaven’s eyes.

“I may be able to speak the languages of men and even of angels, but if I do not have love, it will sound like noisy brass. If I have the gift of speaking God’s Word and if I understand all secrets, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I know all things and if I have the gift of faith so I can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give everything I have to feed poor people and if I give my body to be burned, but do not have love, it will not help me.” (NLV)

As I read through the whole of 1 Corinthians 13, it became more and more apparent that this tall order has only ever been fully filled by one person – God Himself. “Love does not give up. Love is kind. Love is not jealous. Love does not put itself up as being important. Love has no pride. Love does not do the wrong thing. Love never thinks of itself. Love does not get angry. Love does not remember the suffering that comes from being hurt by someone. Love is not happy with sin. Love is happy with the truth. Love takes everything that comes without giving up. Love believes all things. Love hopes for all things. Love keeps on in all things.”

Hidden within His robe of righteousness and love, God does not see me as Jesus, the tallest man/god of all, walks through the gates of heaven. Thank you Jesus for qualifying me for the greatest joy ride of all. “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory…”(Col 3:3,4)

Bilyana De Soto

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