Contemplate The Glory Of Christ
By Octavius Winslow (1808 – 1878)
Cultivate frequent and devout contemplations of the glory of Christ. Immense will be the benefit accruing to your soul. The mind thus preoccupied, filled, and expanded, will be enabled to present a stronger resistance to the ever advancing and insidious encroachments of the world. No place will be found for vain thoughts, and no desire or time for carnal enjoyments. Oh, how crucifying and sanctifying are clear views of the glory of Emmanuel! How emptying, humbling, and abasing! With the patriarch, we then exclaim, “...I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6). And with the prophet, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips,…for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (Isa. 6:5). And with the apostle, “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Gal. 6:14).
Oh, then, aim to get your mind filled with enlarged and yet expanding views of the glory of the Redeemer. Let it, in all the discoveries it affords of the Divine mind and majesty, be the one subject of your thoughts – the one theme of your conversation. Place no limit to your knowledge of Christ. Ever consider that you have but read the preface to the volume; you have but touched the fringe of the sea. Stretching far away beyond you, are undiscovered beauties, and precious views, and sparkling glories – each encouraging your advance, inviting your research, and asking the homage of your faith, the tribute of your love, and the dedication of your life.
Go forward, then! The glories that yet must be revealed to you in a growing knowledge of Jesus – what imagination can conceive, what pen can describe them? Jesus stands ready to unveil all the beauties of His person and to admit you into the very pavilion of His love. There is not a chamber of His heart that He will not throw open to you, not a blessing that He will not bestow upon you, not a glory that He will not show to you.
You shall see greater things than you have yet seen: greater depths of your sin shall be revealed; deeper sense of the cleansing efficacy of the atoning blood shall be felt; clearer views of your acceptance in the Beloved; greater discoveries of God’s love; and greater depths of grace and glory in Jesus shall be enjoyed. Your communion with God shall be closer, and more the fruit of adopting love in your heart. Your feet shall be as hinds’ feet, and you shall walk on high places. Your peace shall flow as a river, and your righteousness as the waves of the sea. Sorrow shall wound you less deeply, affliction shall press you less heavily, tribulation shall affect you less keenly; all this, and infinitely more, will result from your deeper knowledge of Jesus.