Morning, June 27, adapted from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.” –Hebrews 12:2
It is always the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from ourselves to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us focus on ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for forgiveness; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you don’t have the joy God’s children have; 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 ourselves: 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 your joy in Christ that saves you–it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that is the key part–it is Christ’s blood and excellence; therefore, don’t look so much to how you are grasping Christ, but look to Christ; don’t look at your hope, but to Jesus, the source of your hope; don’t look at your faith, but to Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith.
We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our labor, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives our soul rest. If we want to overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking to Jesus.” Simply keep your eyes on him; let his death, his sufferings, his worthiness, his glory, his intercession, be fresh in your mind; when you wake up in the morning look to him; when you go to bed at night look to him. Don’t let your hopes or fears come between you and Jesus; pursue him, and he will never fail you.
“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.”