In the chapter “Staring at the Son,” Rick gives us a concise description of this idea:
Looking for and seeing and gazing at the excellencies, the glories of Jesus leads to greater vision, sharper focus, deeper awareness of Jesus and His permanent abiding presence. It elevates the soul to a higher vantage point of worship.The reason we don’t experience God in amazing ways is that we have placed obstacles in the way. We look to other things to fill only what Christ can fill. We also have become complacent in the experiences that we regular experience and don’t strive for more. Yet Christ wants us to experience Him abundantly (John 10:10). And as we experience Christ we will be transformed into His image (II Corinthians 3:18).
We must learn to stare at the Son of God such that we are blinded to all the allurements of the world! All encumbrances aside, all slack-heartedness aside, everything aside but…
If we would know the fullness of this disclosure of Himself that Christ described at that supper table, our lives would be wholly and enduringly different.
This book filled me with excitement and anticipation for the regular experiences that God wants to have with me while He makes me more like Him. What an awesome God we serve!