December 31, 2010

As We Enter A New Year...

I wish, my brothers and sisters, that during this year you may live nearer to Christ than you have ever done before.  Depend upon it, it is when we think much of Christ that we think little of ourselves, little of our troubles, and little of the doubts and fears that surround us.  Begin from this day, and may God help you.  Never let a single day pass over your head without a visit to the garden of Gethsemane, and the cross on Calvary.  And as for some of you who are not saved, and know not the Redeemer, I would to God that this very day you would come to Christ.  I dare say you think coming to Christ is some terrible thing: that you need to be prepared before you come; that he is hard and harsh with you.  When men have to go to a lawyer they need to tremble; when they have to go to the doctor they may fear; though both those persons, however unwelcome, may be often necessary.  But when you come to Christ, you may come boldly.  There is no fee required; there is no preparation necessary.  You may come just as you are.  It was a brave saying of Martin Luther’s, when he said, “I would run into Christ’s arms even if he had a drawn sword in his hand.”  Now, he has not a drawn sword, but he has his wounds in his hands.  Run into his arms, poor sinner.  “Oh,” you say, “May I come?”  How can you ask the question? you are commanded to come.  The great command of the gospel is, “Believe on the Lord Jesus.”  Those who disobey this command disobey God.  It is as much a command of God that man should believe on Christ, as that we should love our neighbor.  Now, what is a command I have certainly a right to obey.  There can be no question you see; a sinner has liberty to believe in Christ because he is told to do so.  God would not have told him to do a thing which he must not do.  You are allowed to believe.  “Oh,” saith one, “that is all I want to know.  I do believe that Christ is able to save to the uttermost.  May I rest my soul on him, and say, sink or swim, most blessed Jesus, thou art my Lord?”  May do it! man?  Why you are commanded to do it.  Oh that you may be enabled to do it.  Remember, this is not a thing which you will do at a risk.  The risk is in not doing it.  Cast yourself on Christ, sinner.  Throw away every other dependence and rest alone on him.

Charles Spurgeon, A New Year's Benediction

HT: All Things New

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