Christ My Prize

Oh, God, be my everything, be my delight
Be, Jesus, my glory; My soul’s satisfied.

This past month has been one full of so much refreshment and so many mixed emotions. Joy at seeing wonderful friends from all over the globe, sorrow from the many goodbyes that came after, and a whole lot of wonderful conversations, laughter, and honest, raw moments in-between. I feel so incredibly thankful, and yet at times I have struggled with contentment, feeling discouraged or inadequate because of the vulnerable place the last six months have brought me to.

In the quiet moments, I find myself turning time and time again to the pages of my Newton book to shift my perspective and keep my eyes on Christ. I pray that He will always be my unshakable Rock, higher than I (Psalm 61). For in the end, “the daily fight for joy is the fight to maintain faith in the all-sufficiency of Christ.”

Whether your summer has so far been wonderful, awful, or anything in between, I hope you’ll take a moment to celebrate with me all the riches we have in knowing Christ!

  • Christ gave us the ultimate guarantee that death will be swallowed up in life. His victory is our unshakable promise for future justice & eternal glory.  (I Cor. 15:54)
  • Christ has clothed his children in his robes of righteousness, giving us confidence to approach the throne of grace. (Hebrews 4:16)
  • He has called us not only his servants, but his brothers (and sisters) and friends. (John 15:15)
  • He has loved us with a perfect love and continues to intercede for us. (Romans 8:33, Hebrews 7:25, 1 John 3:16).
  • He asks us to come to him with our heavy burdens, and take up His light and easy yoke. (Matthew 11:28-30)
  • He has sent us his Spirit to teach us, guide us, encourage us, and help us persevere through the suffering & struggles we face. (Romans 8:15-16, 26; John 16:13)

As Newton wrote to one of his friends,

“I wish you health, peace, and prosperity; but above all, that your souls may prosper;  that you may still prefer the light of God’s countenance to your chief joy; that you may still delight yourselves in the Lord; be daily hungering and thirsting after him, and daily receiving from his fullness, even grace for grace; that you may rejoice in his all-sufficiency.”

 

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