Coming daily and hourly to Jesus
(James Smith, "Wealth for Souls" 1859)
"I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things!" Philippians 3:8
All true Christians know Christ—not with a mere theoretical knowledge, which may be obtained from books; but with a knowledge which the Holy Spirit works in the heart. We know Christ . . .
in the glory of His person,
in the perfection of His work, and
in the riches of His wondrous grace.
We so know Christ, that He stands out before us, as the chief among ten thousand, and the altogether lovely One. And the more we know Him—the more intimate we wish to become with Him!
We not only know Christ—but we need Him. And the longer we live—the more we need Him. Nor do we merely need Christ, but we need everything in Christ, or that Christ has. We need . . .
His blood to cleanse us,
His righteousness to clothe us,
and His Spirit to sanctify us.
We need Christ daily, hourly!
As we need Christ—so we come to Christ. Not once for all, but we continue to come. We must come to Him . . .
in every trial,
in every trouble,
in every conflict,
to unburden our minds,
to find rest for our souls.
We come to Him . . .
Much of experimental religion consists in coming daily and hourly to Jesus.
"Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened—and I will give you rest!" Matthew 11:28