As a child, I loved the Chronicles of Narnia. I was captivated by the tales of the Pevensie children as they entered a magical world full of talking beavers, fauns, centaurs, dwarfs, and white witches. I even loved the BBC version of the movie – although the current Disney movie puts it to shame.
C.S. Lewis had a way of weaving his story into a reality that we all could enjoy and understand. His tales were whimsical yet practical. In the book, Prince Caspian, there’s a great interaction between Aslan (the character who represents Christ in the Narnia stories) and the young girl Lucy.
Lucy is reunited with Aslan and as she embraces him she comments,
“Aslan, you’re bigger.”
“That is because you are older, little one,” answered he.
“Not because you are?” she replied.
“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
Lewis uses these words to communicate to us something profound about our relationship with Christ. Like Lucy, we should be finding Jesus to be bigger and bigger each day. As we spend time with the Lord – in His Word and in prayer – we should be more in awe of who He is, what He has done on our behalf, and what He is doing in our world. Far too often, the Christian life is one of accepting Christ, entering into a secure and comfortable spot in life and then coasting the rest of the way. Yet, the author of Hebrews reminds us:
But now in these last days God has spoken to us through his Son. God has chosen his Son to own all things, and through him he made the world. The Son reflects the glory of God and shows exactly what God is like. He holds everything together with his powerful word. When the Son made people clean from their sins, he sat down at the right side of God, the Great One in heaven. The Son became much greater than the angels, and God gave him a name that is much greater than theirs. | Hebrews 1:2-4
Jesus is the Creator of the universe, the radiance of God, the Sustainer of all things, the Savior of the world, the Ruler who sits at the right hand of God, and the superior One who will return one day to display His power forever. In the meanwhile, we are His servants, called to live distinctly and faithfully to His calling on our lives.
My prayer for you, as it is for me, is that we continue to be people who live with a big view of Jesus, one that gets bigger and bigger as each day passes.