Thursday, January 21, 2010

Eyes Fixed on Jesus

"If then we would indeed be 'filled with wisdom and spiritual understanding'; if we would 'walk worthy of the Lord unto all well pleasing, being fruitful in etery good work, and increasinig in the knowledge of God'; here let us fix our eyes! 'Laying aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.'

Here best we may learn the infinite importance of Christianity; how little it deserves to be treated in that slight and superficial way, in which it is in these days regarded by the bulk of nominal Christians, who are apt to think it enough, and almost equally pleasing to God, to be religious in any way, and upon any system. What exquiste folly must it be, to risk the soul of such a presumption, in direct opposition to the dictates of reason, and the express declaration of the word of God! 'How shall we escape, if we neglect to great salvation?'

Here also we shall best learn the duty and reasonableness of an absolute and unconditional surrender of soul and body to the will and service of God - 'We are not our own'; for 'we are bought with a price', and must therefore make it our grand concern to 'glorify God with our bodies and our spirits, which are God's.' (William Wilberforce, 365 Days with Wilberforce)

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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