Continued from Part 3…
1) Learn to compare
“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8, ESV). Paul, the great Pharisee and Roman citizen who had it all, counted his life as dung. Compare.
-How kind is Jesus? He forgave your sin at the expense of His life. He blotted out your iniquities as far the east is from the west. God’s wrath was fulfilled on His Son, and not on you who deserved it. He has given you life and holds your every breath in His hand.
2) Learn to meditate
Of course, this does not mean that you are to cross your legs and hum weird noises while smoking some drug. All this means is that you slow down in this fast-paced life we live, read the Word carefully and with great caution, think hard after you’ve read the Word, after you’ve listened to a sermon, after you’ve gone to a Bible study. Discern whether what you’re being fed is actually Biblical, apply it to your life, think through what you read and listen. It doesn’t matter if you take long to understand Biblical truth, as long as you digest every single bit of it.
“Christ Jesus is the life of all the graces and comforts of a Christian in this world,” – Puritan John Fawcett.
I know some of you who are reading this entry do not like to use quotes from Christians that have preceded us except those in the Bible. It is an understandable position. But I believe there is much we can learn from men that have dedicated their entire lives to a proper exegesis of Scripture. That said, I wanna leave you with some quotes from John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, chapter one. I believe these quotes in particular relate a lot to the subject we have been talking about.
“No man can survey himself without forthwith turning his thoughts towards the God in whom he lives and moves; because it is perfectly obvious that the endowments which we possess cannot possibly be from ourselves; nay, that our very being is nothing else than subsistence in God alone.”
“The infinitude of good which resides in God becomes more apparent from our poverty. In particular, the miserable ruin into which the revolt of the first man has plunged us, compels us to turn our eyes upwards.”
“We cannot aspire to Him in earnest until we have begun to be displeased with ourselves.”
“For (such is our innate pride) we always seem to ourselves just, and upright, and wise, and holy, until we are convinced, by clear evidence, of our injustice, vileness, folly, and impurity.”
“Men are never duly touches and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God.”