Looking to Jesus

August 25, 2011 — Leave a comment

When a woman a prepares to give birth, she’s often told to choose a focal point, something to look at in the midst of the deep contractions. A few weeks ago, the sermon by preacher Dave was on Hebrews 12:2-3 which talks about God’s focal point for us:

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Dave mentioned a little booklet called Looking to Jesus.** I had never heard of it before but it’s a wonderful classic, originally written in French by Theodore Monod.**

Here’s a taste:

Looking unto Jesus

And not at the interests of our cause, of our party, of our church– still less at our personal interests. The single object of our life is the glory of God; if we do not make it the supreme goal of our efforts, we must deprive ourselves of His help, for His grace is only at the service of His glory. If, on the contrary, it is His glory that we seek above all, we can always count on His grace.

Looking unto Jesus

And not at the sincerity of our intentions and at the strength of our resolutions. Alas! how often the most excellent intentions have only prepared the way for the most humiliating falls. Let us stay ourselves, not on our intentions, but on His love; not on our resolutions, but on His promise.

Looking unto Jesus

And not at our strength. Our strength is good only to glorify ourselves; to glorify God one must have the strength of God.

Links and notes

Looking unto Jesus

Régardant à Jesus for any francophiles out there

**Théodore was born in Paris in 1836 but went to seminary in the States before returning to France. Interestingly it is not Théodore who warrants a Wikipedia entry, but his much more famous uncle, Adolphe, “undoubtedly the foremost Protestant preacher of 19th century France”; his father Frédéric who helped found the Union of the Evangelical Churches of France, and his eponyomous grandson who was an explorer and an expert on the Sahara Desert.

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