(Ashton Oxenden, “The Christian Life” 1882)
“As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord–so walk in Him!” Colossians 2:6
We are apt to think that all we need is to look to Christ as our Sin-bearer; and that, having once gone to Him in faith, and obtained forgiveness, the work is done. But the believer now needs the same Savior who pardoned him–to be ever with him, to help him on his way, and to keep his soul alive. He must ever run his Christian race, ‘looking unto Jesus.’ He must ‘come out of the wilderness, leaning on his Beloved.’ In himself, the believer is powerless. Christ is both the Life and Strength of the renewed soul.
The believer needs daily strength. He cannot fight by his own power. Because He cannot even walk alone. He must look to Jesus for daily grace to strengthen him.
It is living upon Christ, which alone can make us growing, thriving, vigorous Christians!
To be ever looking to Christ for grace, to be constantly stretching out the hand and heart to Christ for help, to be daily feeding upon Him–this is the secret of all our spiritual life, and of all our spiritual well-being.
Never suppose that you can become strong enough to do without Christ.
Go to Him in your emptiness, and receive daily out of His fullness!
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