Morning, October 14, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”– Philippians 3:8
Spiritual knowledge of Christ will be a personal knowledge. I cannot know Jesus through another person’s acquaintance with him. No, I must know him myself; I must know him on my own account.
It will be an intelligent knowledge–I must know him, not as a creative thinker dreams of him, but as the Word reveals him. I must know his natures, both divine and human. I must know his offices–his attributes–his works–his shame–his glory. I must meditate upon him until I “comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge.”
It will be an affectionate knowledge of him; indeed, if I know him at all, I must love him. An ounce of heart knowledge is worth a ton of head learning.
Our knowledge of him will be a satisfying knowledge. When I know my Savior, my mind will be full to the brim–I shall feel that I have that which my spirit longed after. “This is that bread, that if a man eat he shall never hunger.”
At the same time, it will be an exciting knowledge; the more I know of my Beloved, the more I shall want to know. The higher I climb the loftier will be the summits which invite my eager footsteps. I shall want even more as I get even more. Like the miser’s treasure, my gold will make me covet even more.
To conclude; this knowledge of Christ Jesus will be a most happy one; in fact, so elevating, that sometimes it will completely bear me up above all trials, and doubts, and sorrows; and it will, while I enjoy it, make me something more than “Man, who is born of woman, short-lived and full of turmoil;” for it will fling about me as a cloak the immortality of the ever living Savior, and compass me with the golden belt of his eternal joy. Come, my soul, sit at Jesus’s feet and learn of him all this day.