Friday, July 10, 2009

Looking Unto Jesus

For many years before I became a Christian, I was very diligent in the area of morality and religion.

As the Lord was bringing me to the end of self and showing me that I was not who I fancied myself to be, different people would encourage me to, "Look to Christ."

This always seemed like great advice, but there was one problem. I didn't really understand what people meant when they told me that! Looking back, I realize that the problem was with my spiritual understanding, not with their explanations.

I can still vividly remember the day when I was reading about Moses lifting up the pole with the serpent in the wilderness. The people who looked at it, believing they were healed, were healed! I was not suffering from a snake bite, but my problem was just as fatal. It was a lifetime of good works, done in vain, done for the wrong reasons, done without love and gratitude for Christ.

That afternoon, the Lord made everything clear to me... It was like things went from black and white to technicolor! I understood (finally) what it meant to look to Christ... Look to Him and be healed! Look to Him for righteousness, Look to Him and not ourselves, Look to Him and not the world, Look to Him and be saved!!!

My good friend Misty gave me a little pamphlet for my birthday. It is about 3"x4" and only 27 pages long, and it is titled, "Looking unto Jesus: Hebrews 12:2." It is a WONDERFUL help in thinking about what it means to "Look to Christ." (Especially when we remember that we not only look to Christ initially for salvation, but CONTINUALLY!)

The first sentence of the pamphlet is " 'Looking unto Jesus' (Heb. 12:2) Only three words, but in those three words is the whole secret of life."

The pamphlet is broken up into short little paragraphs with Looking unto Jesus as the first phrase of each. For example, Looking unto Jesus... in the Scriptures, Crucified, Who gives repentance, and at nothing else, and not at our creeds, etc.

It is very helpful, and it is written by the man who wrote the following hymn: (A little long, but WORTH the read!)

Oh, the bitter shame and sorrow,
That a time could ever be,
When I let the saviour's pity
Plead in vain, and proudly answered:
'All of self, and none of Thee.'

Yet He found me: I beheld Him
Bleeding on the accursed tree,
Heard Him pray: 'Forgive them, Father,'
And my wistful heart said faintly:
'Some of self, and some of Thee.'

Day by day His tender mercy,
Healing, helping, full and free,
Sweet and strong, and ah! so patient,
Brought me lower, while I whispered:
'Less of self, and more of Thee.'

Higher than the highest heaven,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last hath conquered;
Grant me now my supplication:
"None of self, and all of Thee."

Theodore Monod, 1874

3 comments:

Meal Planning with Connie said...

Thanks for this encouragement, Heather. It made me think of this song.

Jesus, Lover of My Soul
(It’s All About You)

It's all about You, Jesus
And all this is for You
For Your glory and your fame
It's not about me
As if You should do things my way
You alone are God
And I surrender to your ways

Jesus, lover of my soul
All consuming fire is in Your gaze
Jesus, I want you to know
I will follow you all my days
For no one else in history is like you
And history itself belongs to you
Alpha and Omega, You have loved me
And I will share eternity with You


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khX41gykOOg&feature=related

Carma said...

Hello Heather, this was a lovely post. Your Aunt Gail told me about your blog. The last time I saw your mom, Aunt, grandma and grandpa was about a year before (my)Uncle Harley passed (your grandpa)

It would be nice to get to know you a little better. It is so hard for me to believe that your mother has kids old enough to have kids. :)

I am closer to Gail's age and Sherri, your mom, was always a baby to me. I love both of them dearly and your grandma too.

Feel free to contact me. My email address is on my blogs.

http://carmaswindow.blogspot.com
http://thelordwillin.blogspot.com

Your "second" cousin
Carma Dutra

Jordan Thomas said...

Heather,

Is the little Monod booklet/sermon still in print?

Blessings to you all,
Jordan Thomas