Morning, August 10, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

Christ, who is our life.” — Colossians 3:4

Paul’s marvelously rich expression indicates that Christ is the source of our life. “He has quickened those who were dead in trespasses and sins.” That same voice which brought Lazarus out of the tomb raised us to newness of life. He is now the essence of our spiritual life. It is by his life that we live; he is in us, the hope of glory, the wellspring of our actions, the central thought which moves every other thought. Christ is the sustenance of our life. What can the Christian feed upon but Jesus’ flesh and blood? “This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it, and not die.” Oh, travel wearied pilgrims in this wilderness of sin, you never get a crumb to satisfy the hunger in your spirits, except you find it in him! Christ is the comfort of our life. All our true joys come from him; and in times of trouble, his presence is our consolation. There is nothing worth living for but him; and his loving kindness is better than life! Christ is the object of our life. As the ship speeds towards the port, so hastens the believer towards the haven of his Savior’s embrace. As the arrow flies to its goal, so the Christian flies towards the perfecting of his fellowship with Christ Jesus. As the soldier fights for his captain, and is crowned in his captain’s victory, so the believer contends for Christ, and gets his triumph out of the triumphs of his Master. “For him to live is Christ.” Christ is the ideal model of our life. Where there is the same life within, there will — there must be — to a great extent — the same developments without; and if we live in close fellowship with the Lord Jesus we shall grow like him. We shall set him before us as our Divine copy, and we shall seek to step in his footsteps, until he shall become the crown of our life in glory. Oh! how safe, how honored, how happy is the Christian, since Christ is our life!