Self vaulted into the vacant throne?
(Octavius Winslow, "Midnight Harmonies")
"Looking unto Jesus" Hebrews 12:2
We must look away from ourselves. SELF
is, perhaps, the most common and insidious
object that comes between the eye of the
soul and Jesus.
When God was ejected from the heart of
man, self vaulted into the vacant throne,
and has ever since maintained a supremacy.
We must look from righteous self; from all
works of righteousness which we can perform,
from our almsgivings, from our charities, from
our religious observances, our fastings, and
prayers, and sacraments; from all the works
of the law by which we are seeking to be
justified; from all our efforts to make ourselves
better, and thus to do something to commend
ourselves to the Divine notice, and to propitiate
the Divine regard.
From all this we must look, if we rightly look
unto Jesus to be saved by his righteousness,
and by his alone.
"I once thought all these things were so very
important, but now I consider them worthless
because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything
else is worthless when compared with the
priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
I have discarded everything else, counting it all
as garbage, so that I may have Christ and become
one with him. I no longer count on my own
goodness or my ability to obey God's law, but
I trust Christ to save me. For God's way of
making us right with himself depends on faith."