Sunday, July 19, 2015

True Growth in Grace

The word "precious" has a stronger meaning than appears on its surface; it is really "To you who believe, He is preciousness," or all-precious. Christ is a sun which ever shines;   a garden which is always full of flowers and fruits;  a hive ever full of honey;  a fountain which is always full; a brook which never dries;  a rose that always blooms; an ocean of sweetness without a drop of gall.

To the child of God, a personal living Christ is most dear. He is not satisfied with a mere love for  Christ's doctrines, Christ's promises, or Christ's gifts.    His affections entwine themselves round about Christ's person. Jesus is to him his brother, friend, companion, the one with whom he walks and talks.

True growth in grace consists of a personal Savior growing increasingly precious.

How sad it is that so many fall short of this experience. Their religion is entered more in a code of rules and collections of doctrines than in the person of the dear Redeemer.

Yes, to you who believe, He Himself is precious!

Not only His house for it is quite possible to like a person's house exceedingly, and yet have no particular love for the owner of that house.

Not only His book for there are many books you may enjoy reading, and yet have neither knowledge of, nor affection for, the author.

Not only His gifts for how many there are who value a man's gifts, while they despise him in their heart.

But He Himself, apart from all that He gives, will be your heart's dearest love.

"My God, I love You; not because     I hope for Heaven thereby.    Nor because those who love You not, Must burn eternally.

Not with the hope of gaining anything,     Nor seeking a reward;    But as Yourself have loved me,  O ever-loving Lord."
[Archibald Brown]
1 Peter 2:7 ...  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
2 Peter 3:18 ... But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Psalm 73:25 ... Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.