Sunday, November 28, 2010
There was a time in the Seventies when I was ghost-writing the autobiography of the then world heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Weaver. Mike was coming to our house for the first time to go over some of his fights with me--to capture his feelings before, during, and after the fights. I explained to my son, John, who was about five years old at the time, that Mike was coming and that he needed to stay out of sight so we could work. When I told him that Mike was the heavyweight champion boxer of the world, John's reply was, "I'm gonna hide over the washing machine. Where are you gonna hide?" Sometimes, that is exactly the way we feel when Jesus comes into our life. We know he's the champ and has the power. We also know that we are the weak and unworthy, but hiding is not the answer. When Jesus comes to us, it is not to hurt but to heal, not to use His power on us, but to give His power to us. We need to meet him up front, acknowledging our own weakness and fear. When we do, we understand that it is because of our wretchedness that He comes to save us--like the hymn says. We should not be afraid because we have sinned, that's why He comes. Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. We cannot be so lost in the dark that His light cannot lead us home. Hiding over the washing machine is not the answer. Stepping from the darkness into His light is the answer. It takes courage, but He will supply it. He is the true heavyweight champion of the world and my king. Do you know him?