I Hold and Am Held
Frank W. Boreham wrote: “I am the son of a college that has, for its crest, a cross grasped by a hand. The motto beneath it reads: Et teneo et teneor—I hold and am held.”
There are many things we learn in life as we grow that change us forever. There came a day when we learned that even though we were taught to play fair, life is not always fair. On another day we learned right from wrong…I mean we really learned it because we chose wrong and went against our parents and discovered for ourselves things like guilt, shame, sorrow and how, try as you might, you can never take it back. Another such insight came when we figured out that if you’re going to do a thing, you really ought to take the trouble to do it right.
But the most blessed day in any life is the day when one’s life is mastered by the glory of Jesus Christ! Saul met Him on the road to Damascus in a vision. It was a vision he could not disobey…did not want to disobey. It was a vision that changed him completely and forever. After seeing the real Jesus, he could not return to his previous life. He was no longer interested in padding his résumé and pursuing his fast track to success. He was mastered by Jesus Christ. He not only couldn’t go back, he didn’t want to go back. Ever afterward Paul grasped the Cross of Christ and was held by it. “I determined not to know anything among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified,” he said (1 Corinthians 2:2). For Paul every issue related to Jesus Christ. Every decision was made in Christ’s interests. Every circumstance was viewed as given or allowed by his Master. Every act was regulated by Jesus…every word weighed by its effect on Him…every thought was taken captive for Jesus. The driving passion of Paul’s life was fired up in him by the real Jesus Christ. He wanted to know Christ. He wished to fill up in his flesh that which was lacking of the sufferings of Christ. He had seen something…found something in Jesus…that, thankfully, would never let him go. The only things worth holding in this life are the things we cannot let go. And these are all God things…Christ things. We hold to Him. But—alas, our grip is not reliable. Never fear! For we are held, as we hold to the old rugged cross of Christ. Let Him hold you. too.