Look Not to Your Hope, but the Source of Hope
[dropcap]C[/dropcap]onsider Spurgeon. Often misunderstood, widely admired, and wreaked with depression. Loud, robust, and a builder of men. Think of him in his study chair, notes and texts laid open before him, and a large cigar in his hand as he says, [dropcap]R[/dropcap]emember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves you - it is Christ; it is not your joy in Christ that saves you - it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument - it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to your hand with which you art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to your hope, but to Jesus, the source of your hope; look not to your faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith.We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul.”
We've had a lot of people talk with us this week about an old post called Preach It! As we've been packing up and leaving Fort Worth, neighbors, friends, and partners in the gospel have spoken gospel-deep truths into our soul. We've had to speak it into our souls as things have come to a close in our life and ministry in Texas. Yesterday, I spent 15 hours in a car with my dog... my smelly dog. In addition to spraying cologne up my nose a couple of times, I was able to think through what Jesus is doing with people we have done life with over the past four years. The Holy Spirit reminded me of the above quote. I pray that Jesus will give rest to your soul.