man-reading-bibleAn article I read this week included one of my favorite extra-biblical quotes of all time.  It’s from The Green Letters by Miles J. Stanford.  If you ever get tired of your sin, discouraged in your walk with Christ, or wonder why you can’t seem to change, then join the club!  And then read this encouraging passage.  In it, Stanford is actually quoting Norman Douty, who says…

If I am to be like Him, then God in His grace must do it, and the sooner I come to recognize it the sooner I will be delivered from another form of bondage.  Throw down every endeavor and say, I cannot do it, the more I try the farther I get from His likeness.  What shall I do?  Ah, the Holy Spirit says, You cannot do it; just withdraw; come out of it.  You have been in the arena, you have been endeavoring, you are a failure, come out and sit down, and as you sit there behold Him, look at Him.  Don’t try to be like Him, just look at Him.  Just be occupied with Him.  Forget about trying to be like Him.  Instead of letting that fill your mind and heart, let Him fill it.  Just behold Him, look upon Him through the Word.  Come to the Word for one purpose and that is to meet the Lord.  Not to get your mind crammed full of things about the sacred Word, but come to it to meet the Lord.  Make it to be a medium, not of Biblical scholarship, but of fellowship with Christ.  Behold the Lord.

2 Corinthians 3:18 also describes this process…

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

This doesn’t mean that we know Christ apart from our mind.  For, as R.C. Sproul summarizes scripture: the mind is primary in terms of order, and the heart is primary in terms of importance.  May we at Christos (may I!) never try to relate to Christ apart from the foundation of His word.  May we (may I!) never stop at rational knowledge about that word… but press on to Know Him.