April 30, 2012
Begin with Jesus
The autobiography of G. Stanley Jones is titled A Song of Ascent, and it’s considered to be a spiritual classic. Jones was a great man: a missionary to India, a friend to Gandhi, a tireless world traveler, and a great writer and speaker.
Jones tells a story about an African, who, after he was baptized, changed his name, calling himself “After.” What he was saying was that everything in his life happened “after” he met Christ. Jones felt that that was also the description of his own life. Everything that happened to me, he stated, happened to me after I met Christ.
In his first two attempts, he had been too events-centered and not enough Event-centered. In the third and successful book, he concentrated on the Event and worked back to the events, understanding his own life in the light of Christ.
Our lives take on meaning when we see them in light of the day we accepted Christ. Jesus is the center, the Prime Mover, and the reason for our being. Everything finds purpose in Him.
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