Posted by: the watchmen | January 7, 2008

CH Spurgeon________January 7

January 7-Morning {Daily Reading: #Ge 19:1-21:34} {Quick Study: #Ge 18:1-19:38}

“For me to live is Christ.” {#Php 1:21}

The believer did not always live to Christ. He began to do so

when God the Holy Spirit convinced him of sin, and when by grace

he was brought to see the dying Saviour making a propitiation

for his guilt. From the moment of the new and celestial birth

the man begins to live to Christ. Jesus is to believers the one

pearl of great price, for whom we are willing to part with all

that we have. He has so completely won our love, that it beats

alone for him; to his glory we would live, and in defence of his

gospel we would die; he is the pattern of our life, and the model

after which we would sculpture our character. Paul’s words mean more

than most men think; they imply that the aim and end of his life

was Christ—nay, his life itself was Jesus. In the words of an

ancient saint, he did eat, and drink, and sleep eternal life. Jesus

was his very breath, the soul of his soul, the heart of his heart,

the life of his life. Can you say, as a professing Christian, that

you live up to this idea? Can you honestly say that for you to live

is Christ? Your business—are you doing it for Christ? Is it not

done for self-aggrandizement and for family advantage? Do you ask,

“Is that a mean reason?” For the Christian it is. He professes to

live for Christ; how can he live for another object without

committing a spiritual adultery? Many there are who carry out this

principle in some measure; but who is there that dare say that he

hath lived wholly for Christ as the apostle did? Yet, this alone is

the true life of a Christian—its source, its sustenance, its

fashion, its end, all gathered up in one word—Christ Jesus. Lord,

accept me; I here present myself, praying to live only in thee and to

thee. Let me be as the bullock which stands between the plough and

the altar, to work or to be sacrificed; and let my motto be, “Ready

for either.”

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Responses

  1. Amen! So much pridefulness in the world with so many faces…

    Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. Thank you for visiting us Ogdale,

    The Lord bless

    Jim


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