Jesus continually bedazzles me,
His glory shimmering within,
Dancing and singing in my soul.
Jesus dazzles the beholder. “Behold the Lamb of God!” Beauty can dazzle the eye, but Christ dazzles the heart! Jesus Christ wants to shimmer, shine, and radiate in and thru you! He wants to take you out of the prison of self-focus and into the bedazzling prism of His presence and power.
Much religion replaces Christ’s dazzle with human razzle. Religion tends to “simmer down” Christ and His glorious shimmering. However, for me Jesus is the inner prism, continually spreading His bedazzling light all across my soul.
It’s good to study God and theology, but it’s much more powerful to be dazzled by Him! When the dazzle of Divinity dims, religion steps in to substitute sermons, programs, and rituals for it. Turning Christianity into “systematic theology” tends to stifle its spiritual sparks. “Quench not the Spirit.”
I was just “dazzled” and “awed” by God. I posted this comment on Facebook: “Casual Christianity lacks the power to dazzle, but the risen Jesus floods hearts with awe!” Then the next thing I went to was the Music City Miracles webpage to read about the Titans. The first thing I saw was: “Derrick Henry is in the midst of a career year in 2019. Anyone who’s a Titans fan loves him, and since his days in Alabama he’s ‘dazzled’ audiences with his ability to break tackles and stretch for long touchdown runs.” I almost never use or read the word “dazzled” so, I believe the odds against that happening are too coincidental to be a coincidence.
The early Christ-followers wrote a bedazzling read about their experiences with Jesus. We call it the New Testament (the last third of the Bible). I find the Bible to be word jewelry — verbal diamonds alive with the light of God.
“Christ dazzles me and stirs within me such feelings of amazement that I can never get over Him.” –A.W. Tozer