-Jeanne Guyon: Blessings or Blessedness-
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14
“This way is not dangerous. If it were, Christ would not have represented it as the most perfect and necessary of all ways. All can walk in it; and as all are called to blessedness, all are called to the enjoyment of God, both in this life and in that which is to come, since the enjoyment of God is blessedness. I say the enjoyment of God Himself, not of His gifts, which can never impart essential blessedness, not being able fully to satisfy the soul, which is so constituted that even the richest gifts of God cannot thoroughly content it. The desire of God is to give Himself to us, according to the capacity with which He has endowed us; and yet we fear to leave ourselves to God! We fear to possess Him, and to be prepared for divine union!”
Jeanne Guyon (1648-1717) in A Short Method of Prayer (London: Sampson Low, 1875) 49. This work may interest those who desire a deeper walk with Christ.
Jesus desires our maturity, or in biblical terms, our perfection. He wants our focus on God and nothing else because He knows that when we fix our gaze there, paradoxically, everything else comes into proper focus.
For example, we are tempted to focus on what the world looks at on the broad road that leads to destruction, namely, the gifts of God rather than God, or the blessings of God instead of His blessedness. Don’t do it!
Instead, focus on God, find contentment in His blessedness, and fear not to abandon yourself fully to Him. His goodness knows no depths and His faithfulness is unfathomable. What’s this got to do with generosity?
When we hold on to the wrong thing (the gifts we have received from God rather than God), it greatly limits our openhanded giving, and leaves us feeling insecure and discontent.
Alternatively, when we hold on tightly to the only One “able fully to satisfy the soul” then we realize we have everything we have and will ever need so we can be generous at all times and occasions. That is life!
On a personal note, next week I will go on a week-long fly fishing road trip with my son, Sammy, tracking down native trout in remote parts of Oregon. Why mention this?
When we cherish God above all else, only then can we rightly enjoy His gifts. The reason Jesus desires our maturity is so that we can enjoy Him and His generous gifts (such as an adventure like this one) rightly.
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