What Are You Getting Out Of Christ?

“Love [Christ] in his person, his excellencies, his loveliness, and not just for what you can get out of him.” — David Clarkson

What has Christ done for you lately?  Has he blessed you financially?  Has he given you the spouse of your dreams?  Has he healed you?  Has he moved upon your children so they flawlessly and cheerfully obey your every command?  Has he removed your every affliction?

In other words, what are you getting out of him?

Has he given you your best life now?  Are you enjoying health, wealth and prosperity?  If not, why are you following him?  What’s in it for you?

Oh, not to mention that he has redeemed you, personally absorbed God’s wrath for you, brought you to God and is transforming you into his very likeness.  Not to mention that he’s given you eternal life and the hope of seeing his glory face to face.  Not to mention that he has purchased your forgiveness, justification, and righteousness.  Not to mention that he’s interceding for you day and night and loves you with an everlasting love.  And delivered you out of the realm of darkness and brought you into his kingdom of light, and made you part of his royal priesthood and holy nation that you might declare his excellencies.

Jesus has done so much for each of his children it will take us all eternity to begin to appreciate it.  But even more than all he’s done for us, he gives himself to us.

Jesus himself is our righteousness, our wisdom, our strength, our hope.  He gives himself to us – his excellencies, loveliness, beauty, joy, and power – if we have him, we have all that he is.

Remember, Jesus himself is our treasure, as wonderful as all the other blessings are that he gives us.

Lord Jesus, open the eyes of our hearts today to see more of your beauty and excellence, and help us to love you for who you are rather than what we can get out of you.

  • Caroline

    Sometimes i get so caught up in the things that I don't have, that I forget the countless blessings I have in Christ. He being my hope, the sovereign Lord over all situations, privilege of knowing Him personally,deliverance from eternal punishment… and the list goes on

    May our focus always be on Him and that we desire Him more everyday…
    Thank you for reminding us again :)

    • MarkAltrogge

      Sure Caroline! And thanks for adding your comments!

  • http://Www.worshipfulreader.blogspot.com Ron Reffett

    Hey Mark, great thoughts…as always! I can be so short sighted and totally forget all of the benefits that I posess in Christ. Just the fact that He would even look my way and forgive me of every past present and future sin is just astounding! I like what John Piper said in God is the Gospel, “The critical question for our generation—and for every generation—
    is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the
    friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and
    all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties
    you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no
    human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with
    heaven, if Christ were not there? ”
    Once again, thanks for the gospel centered encouragement!
    Blessings
    Ron Reffett

    • MarkAltrogge

      Hey Ron, thanks so much for adding the Piper quote. Yeah, that's what I meant to say….what he said. Yep.