"Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith;"
"Looking unto Jesus"
It is ever the Holy Spirit's work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan's work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. he insinuates, "Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of His children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus." All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: He tells us that we are nothing but that "Christ is All in All". Remember therefore, it is not your hold of Christ that saves you - it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument - it is Christ's blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to your hand with which you are grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to your hope, but to Jesus, the source of your hope; look not 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. If we at once overcome satan and have peace with God, it must be by "looking unto Jesus". Keep your eye simply on Him; let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh upon your mind; When you awake in the morning, look to Him; When you lie down at night look to Him. Oh! let not your hopes or fears come between you and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail you. Lift your eyes from your bosom, downcast believer - look upon Jesus. It is good to consider your ways, but it is far better to consider Christ.
"My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness:
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' Name."
"Henceforth - Not unto Themselves"
Oh, the bitter shame and sorrow,
That at a time could ever be,
When I let the Saviour's pity
Plead in vain, and proudly answered:
'All of self, and none of Thee'.
Yet He found me: I beheld Him
Bleeding on the accursed tree,
Heard Him pray: 'Forgive them, Father;'
And my wistful heart said faintly:
'Some of self, and some of Thee'.
Day by Day, His tender mercy,
Healing, helping, full and free,
Sweet and strong, and ah! so patient
Brought me lower, while I whispered:
'Less of self, and more of Thee'.
Higher than the highest heaven,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last hath conquered
Grant me now my supplication,
'None of self, and all of Thee'.
[Recommended: Booklet called "Looking unto Jesus" - Translated by Helen
Willis from the French version by Theodore Monod, (1874)].
This devotion was delivered by a Christian teenager at a youth conference in 2004, and is published here by permission.