True growth in grace!
(Archibald Brown, "He is Precious!")
"To you therefore who believe, He is precious!" 1 Peter 2:7
The word "precious" has a stronger meaning than appears on its surface; it is really "To you who believe, He is preciousness," or all-precious. Christ is . . .
a sun which ever shines;
a garden which is always full of flowers and fruits;
a hive ever full of honey;
a fountain which is always full;
a brook which never dries;
a rose that always blooms;
an ocean of sweetness without a drop of gall.
To the child of God, a personal living Christ is most dear.
He is not satisfied with a mere love for . . .
or Christ's gifts.
His affections entwine themselves round about Christ's person. Jesus is to him his brother, friend, companion, the one with whom he walks and talks.
True growth in grace consists of a personal Savior growing increasingly precious.
How sad it is that so many fall short of this experience. Their religion is entered more in a code of rules and collections of doctrines — than in the person of the dear Redeemer.
Yes, to you who believe, He Himself is precious!
Not only His house — for it is quite possible to like a person's house exceedingly, and yet have no particular love for the owner of that house.
Not only His book — for there are many books you may enjoy reading, and yet have neither knowledge of, nor affection for, the author.
Not only His gifts — for how many there are who value a man's gifts, while they despise him in their heart.
But He Himself, apart from all that He gives, will be your heart's dearest love.
"My God, I love You; not because
I hope for Heaven thereby.
Nor because those who love You not,
Must burn eternally.
Not with the hope of gaining anything,
Nor seeking a reward;
But as Yourself have loved me,
O ever-loving Lord."
"Whom have I in Heaven but You? I desire You more than anything on earth!" Psalm 73:25