Catherine Marshall is one of my favorites – if you haven’t read anything by her, go to a used bookstore or your favorite amazon seller and get something now! Something More, The Healer, A Man Called Peter…. Sorry, I lost myself for a minute – this isn’t a sales pitch or a book report (but if it were, I’d talk about Catherine Marshall!).
“I hit bottom. And there I met God at the place where He had been waiting for me all along; where I knew that I wanted Christ’s presence in my life more than I wanted health. Never mind healing, I wanted to be certain that God wasn’t dead, that Jesus Christ lived, that He was real, and that I had been received by Him.” ~ Catherine Marshall
I love this quote. It’s made even more meaningful in context: Catherine Marshall wrote it during a period of time when she was confined to her bed with tuberculosis (nearly 3 years if you can imagine!). Imagine getting to point where your first thought is to be received by God, to be convinced that He lives – and desiring His presence more than life and health. Fill in this blank with anything on earth: I want the presence of the Lord more than I want ______________.”
The most important thing is the presence of the Lord. Everything else will spring from it, but we have to want that most and we have to want that first. When I think of things that are most important, I usually think about 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. It may not exactly follow our train of thought here, but we’ve been together long enough to give me a little leash, haven’t we? Paul writes,
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures
When Paul says “of first importance”, he must mean the most important thing. If he was only going to say one thing, it would be this one thing. As soon as he received this word, he passed it along first to the people in his sphere of influence. If you don’t hear anything else, hear this one thing: Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day, exactly as He promised He would, exactly as Scriptures promised He would. That’s the most important thing.
And in this one thing, the most important thing, all other needs are met. “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3). Everything you need to live a godly life, a successful life, is in Christ….. and Christ is made accessible to us through the Cross and Resurrection – the most important thing. It’s a big thought – maybe we’ll take a break here and think on it. Receiving the power of the Cross, and giving it first place in your life – that’s a treasure! ❤
And what happened for Catherine Marshall? Her healing DID come, needs WERE met, compassion WAS given from a place of dependency on the Lord and gratitude for nothing more than His presence. All met by honestly being thankful for the fact that God is alive and is willing to receive us. The gateway, the opening, the beginning of blessing was and is thanksgiving to the Lord!
Praying you’ll be able to think on these things and let the blessings you need spring from from your true Source!