“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.