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My wife and I are reading “Mere Christianity” by C. S. Lewis. It has been many years since I last read it. It takes a little to get into, especially as he spends time talking about comparative religions. Then, suddenly, we read this:
“God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on gasoline, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself because it is not there. There is no such thing.” (p. 54)
Lewis was a student of the faith, just like the rest of us. We might not say things just the way he did, but we probably have some of the same interests. He sorted out the things of the faith, trying to understand some of the mystery. I know that some people think Lewis was wrong about many things, but so am I and so are they.
In this passage, Lewis reveals the need for Christ’s life in us. We were simply not made to be independent. We were created to be dependent on our Lord and His desire is to live in us. When He lives in us, we are truly alive.
So, once again, it is all about Him and His love for us. We live in relationship with Him.