This short piece from the Grace to You, Dr. John MacArthur’s Ministry, greatly spurred me on this morning. As of late, I have been laboring and earnestly praying that Christ would draw me closer to Him – that I would love Him more. I hope and pray that this would be as much of an encouragement to you as it was to me.
In his book, The True Christian’s Love to the Unseen Christ, the Puritan Thomas Vincent offers nine directions that will lead you to your desired destination.
Meditate on Christ – Direction 1: “Be much in contemplation of Christ.”
Your first priority is to meditate on Christ. Make time each day to dwell on Him. Consider who He is, what He has done, and what He is doing for you. Vincent suggests,
Spend time in secret retirement, and there think and think again of the superlative excellencies and perfections which are in Christ’s person; how wonderful and matchless His love is, what heights that cannot be reached, what depths in it that cannot be fathomed, what other dimensions which cannot be comprehended.
Study about Christ – Direction 2: “Be much in reading and studying the Scriptures.”
The Bible is God’s Word to you. It is where you’ll find everything you need to know about your great Lord and Savior. Paul said to “let the word of Christ richly dwell within us” (Col. 3:16). It is your spiritual food (Matthew 4:4). To not feed on its truths every day is like going without food for a day. You wouldn’t do that to your physical body, so be sure not to do that to your soul.
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