Perhaps the major difference between someone who follows Jesus and the Scriptures from someone who does not is that, to the follower, it just makes sense. And no surprise, this is difficult, if not impossible, to explain to someone to whom it does not make sense.
In his book, C. S. Lewis’s Case For Christ: Insights from Reason, Imagination and Faith, Art Lindsley makes the insightful observation, “A person comes to believe, not when one thing seems to prove that faith is credible but when everything confirms the teachings of that faith.”1 I like that explanation. It nicely sums up that moment in an individual’s life when they believe. The traditional words used to explain it are “conversion,” “saved,” “born again,” and (usually derisively) “got religion.” But I want to suggest saying “It just makes sense.”
In 1955, not long after his wife, Davy, died, Frank Shelden Vanauken struck up a relationship with C. S. Lewis. He shared his struggles with Lewis who responded with great insight and tender compassion. In a letter dated August 27, 1956, Lewis writes,
“At the moment the really important thing seems to be that you were brought to realise the impossibility (strict sense) of rejecting Christ. Of course He must often seem to us to be playing fast and loose with us. The adult must seem to mislead the child, and the Master the dog. They misread the signs. Their ignorance and their wishes twist everything. You are so sure you know what the promise promised! And the danger is that when what He means by ‘win’ appears, you will ignore it because it is not what you thought it would be—as He Himself was rejected because He was not like the Messiah the Jews had in mind. But I am, I fancy, repeating things I said before. I look forward very much to our meeting again. God bless you.” 2
Tragedy, heartache, and loss do not make sense and the reaction of some people has led to further tragedy, heartache, and loss. But once you better understand what He means by ‘win’ and you realize it is not what you thought it would be, it suddenly all makes sense.
“and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” – John 15:2.
- Art Lindsley. C. S. Lewis’s Case For Christ: Insights from Reason, Imagination and Faith. (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2005), 23.
- Walter Hooper, ed., The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963, Vol. III (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2007), 784.