Morning & Evening Daily Devotional Reading– August 10
by Charles H. Spurgeon, Revised and Edited by William C. Neff
“Christ, who is our life.”
Paul’s marvelously rich expression indicates that Christ is the very source of our life. Elsewhere he says, “He has made you alive who were dead in your sins.” That same voice that brought Lazarus out of the tomb raised us to newness of life.
Furthermore, He is now the substance of our spiritual life. It is by His life that we live; He is in us, the hope of glory, the spring of our actions, the central thought that moves every other thought. Christ sustains our very lives, and the Christian feeds upon Jesus as “the bread that comes down from heaven.” No other food can satisfy the hunger of your spirit!
Christ is also our comforter in life. All our true joys come from Him; and in times of trouble, His presence is our consolation. There is nothing worth living for but Him; and His loving-kindness is better than life!
Christ is the object of our life. As the arrow flies toward its mark, so the Christian is propelled to Jesus’ side to have fellowship with Him. As the soldier fights for his captain and is crowned in his captain’s victory, so the believer contends for Christ and overcomes through the triumphs of his Master. “For him to live is Christ.”
And, lastly, Christ is the model example of our life. Where there is the same life within, there will– there must be to a great extent– the same marks without. If we live in close fellowship with the Lord Jesus we will grow to become like Him.
Oh! How safe, how honored, and how happy is the Christian, since Christ is our life! [M&E]