Sunday, January 23, 2011

Consider What You Possess

Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?”  --Ezekiel 15:2

Charles Spurgeon was one of the most prolific preachers in the Reformed Baptist tradition.  He lived in the mid-late 1800's.  I, on occasion, read his morning and evening devotion on the Christian Ethereal Library - a treasure of a website with thousands of older Christian documents.  I share a part of yesterday's reflections from Spurgeon:

...Do not thy thousand wanderings stand before thee, and tell thee that thou art unworthy to be called his son? And if he hath made thee anything, art thou not taught thereby that it is grace which hath made thee to differ? Great believer, thou wouldst have been a great sinner if God had not made thee to differ. O thou who art valiant for truth, thou wouldst have been as valiant for error if grace had not laid hold upon thee. Therefore, be not proud, though thou hast a large estate—a wide domain of grace, thou hadst not once a single thing to call thine own except thy sin and misery. Oh! strange infatuation, that thou, who hast borrowed everything, shouldst think of exalting thyself; a poor dependent pensioner upon the bounty of thy Saviour, one who hath a life which dies without fresh streams of life from Jesus, and yet proud! Fie on thee, O silly heart!
("Fie" is a word used to express mock surprise or dismay -- so, "Surprise, surprise, O silly heart.")

Help us O God, appreciate the depths of Your surrounding love.  Still the condemning, judgmental voices and instill a sense of the supreme specialness with which you hold onto us.  Amen.

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