The Worship Quote of the Week for (04/29/2003):

Looking unto Jesus - Hebrews 12:2
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is from Charles Spurgeon’s devotional classic MORNING
AND EVENING. Several recent WQOTW offerings have focused on the centrality of
Christ in Christian life and worship. Here, the great 19th-century English
preacher points the reader to the great truth that "Christ is all in all."

It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus;
but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to
make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, "Your sins are too
great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never
be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of His children; you
have such a wavering hold of Jesus." All these are thoughts about self, and
we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within.

But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: He tells us that
we are nothing, but that "Christ is all in all." Remember, therefore, it is
not thy hold of Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not thy joy in
Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; 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 thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look
not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith,
but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy 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.
If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by
"looking unto Jesus." Keep thine eye simply on Him; let His death, His
sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh upon thy
mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to Him; when thou liest down at
night look to Him. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and
Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail thee.

"My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness:
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name."
[Edward Mote, 1797-1874]

— Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), from MORNING AND EVENING, selection for
"June 28." Wilmington, Delaware: Cross Publishing, no publication date. These
excerpts from MORNING AND EVENING are available on the web at various places.
You can even get them e-mailed to you every morning.

Have a great week.

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky