KNOWING CHRIST

Ralph Barton, one of the top cartoonists of the nation, left this note pinned to his pillow before taking his own life: “I have had few difficulties, many friends, great successes; I have gone from wife to wife, from house to house, visited great countries of the world, but I am fed up with inventing devices to fill up twenty-four hours of the day.” This is the tragic epitaph of a man who made the limited, temporary things of this earth his goal in life and found them empty and unfulfilling.

On the other hand Roy Orpin, a missionary in North Thailand in the early 1960s was shot by robbers at the age of 26 and died afterwards. At the church commissioning service from where he was sent to Thailand, he had his favourite hymn sung. These are the words of that hymn.

My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace
Nor even blessing, but Himself my God;
‘Tis His to lead me there, not mine but His
At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.
One thing I know, no other cause inspires my love
One thing I do, I press towards my Lord
My God is everything to me while here below
And in heaven above my great reward.

Roy chose the only goal that will never disappoint or be destroyed by death.

Any goal other than Jesus will disappoint you because once you’ve attained it, that’s it, it’s over, but with Jesus, it gets better and better and never ends.