Looking to Jesus

Remember, it is not your hold of Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not your joy in Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, although that is the instrument—it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, don’t be fixing your eyes so much on your hand with which you are grasping Christ, as on Christ; don’t be looking at your hope, but to Jesus, the source of your hope; don’t be looking to your faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul.

- Charles Spurgeon, Morning & Evening

I wonder if you share my experience. When things are going well, I find security and comfort in my joy, reassured that I’m where I should be, I’m doing what I should be. I take my good feelings and turn them into a spiritual pat on the back. When things are difficult, or I doubt, or I suffer, I find security in holding onto Christ as tightly as I can—the white-knuckled death-grip sort of grasp. If I can just hold on firmly enough, then I won’t get lost, things will get better, and I’ll make it through. Do you see this in yourself as well?

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