DayBreaks for 11/08/13 – The Illusion that Comes From Distance
From the DayBreaks Archive, dated 11/12/2003:
Have you ever driven across country? I’ve done many times! It is always an interesting experience. You never know what or who you will encounter along the way, but you know that you’ll see lots of different scenery, much of it very beautiful.
Just this past week I was at a seminar with John Walker from Blessing Ranch in Colorado, a retreat and refreshment center for church leaders. H shared an interesting story with us that speaks a lot about our human perceptions. From where Dr. Walker lives, it is 31 miles to a particular mountain range. From his ranch, he can see two mountain peaks that look like identical twins, the proverbial, “twin peaks”. The tree line stops at the same elevation, the snow level and coloring look identical. They are almost identical in height. But as Dr. Walker noted, as you get closer to the peaks, the differences begin to become apparent. The coloring isn’t the same after all, the irregularities of each becomes apparent, the vegetation patterns are different. What looked so much alike from a distance, no longer is apparent – in fact, what becomes obvious is that there is not much similarity at all between the two peaks.
What does this have to do with Christianity? Simply this: it is easy, from a distance, to think that we’re quite Christ-like. But the truth is that the closer we get to Him, the more our obvious differences from Christ become. The closer we get to Christ, the more dissimilarity appears. The farther away we are, the easier it is to assume the illusion that we are similar.
Perhaps you have become pretty satisfied with your Christian life and the Christ-likeness that we are to wear. But the closer we draw to God’s Presence, the more we see how far we have to go to have much resemblance to Him at all. It’s a humbling experience, but it’s also instructive. We simply aren’t going to ever get very close to his likeness in this life, but that’s not the end of the story. We have His promise that when He returns for us, that we shall be like him: 1 John 3:2 (NIV) – Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
We are encouraged to drawn near to Him in full confidence (Heb. 10:22). As we do, we’ll see where we need to be changed and God will commence the great transformation.
PRAYER: Lord, let us draw near to You so that we may see ourselves with sharper vision that shows us how far we still have to go. And then, Father, let your Spirit of encouragement and comfort fall on us to reassure us of not just Your love, but Your goodness and promise to make us like You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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