Has Power For Us
ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. Col.
are to live in the warm, genial rays of the Sun of Righteousness. Nothing
but His loving compassion, His divine grace, His almighty power, can enable
us to baffle the relentless foe and subdue the opposition of the human heart.
What is our strength? The joy of the Lord. Let the melting love of Christ
fill the heart, and we are softened and subdued, prepared to receive the power
that He has for us.
Let us thank God every day for the blessings that are ours. If the human agent
will humble himself before God, realizing how inappropriate it is for him
to cherish a feeling of self-sufficiency; realizing his utter inability to
do the work that needs to be done in order for his soul to be purified, casting
away, making of no account, his own righteousness, Christ will engrave His
own image upon his soul. . . . Christ will never neglect the work that has
been placed in His hands. He will inspire the resolute disciple with a sense
of the perversity, the sin-stained condition, the depravity, of the heart
upon which He is working. The true penitent has learned the uselessness of
self-importance. Looking to Jesus, comparing his own defective character with
the Saviour’s perfect character, he can say,
In my hand no price I bring;
Simply to Thy cross I cling.
With Isaiah he declares, “Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou
also hast wrought all our works in us. O Lord our God, other lords beside
thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy
name” (Isa. 26:12, 13).
Beholding Christ for the purpose of becoming like Him, the seeker after truth
sees the perfection of the principles of God’s law, and he becomes dissatisfied
with everything but perfection. Hiding his life in the life of Christ, he
sees that the holiness of the divine law is revealed in the character of Christ,
and more and more earnestly he strives to be like Him. A warfare may be expected
at any time, for the tempter sees that he is losing one of his subjects. A
battle must be fought with the attributes which Satan has been strengthening
for his own use.
The human agent sees what he has to contend with—a strange power opposed
to the idea of attaining the perfection that Christ holds out. But with Christ
there is saving power that will gain for him victory in the conflict. The
Saviour will strengthen and help him as he comes pleading for grace and efficiency.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 274.