Tag: World

The world will lose its charms!

Grace Gems Whiteby David Harsha

“Christ, and Him Crucified”

“As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world died long ago, and the world’s interest in me is also long dead.” Galatians 6:14

There is nothing so animating to the Christian as a sight of Calvary. How despicable does the world appear in his view, when he obtains a glimpse of that cross on which his Savior died!

Everything else loses its luster when, by the eye of faith, the cross of Christ is seen. “A sight of Jesus on the cross, Makes all this world appear as dross!” In this wicked world, the Christian thirsts for God, and pants to reach the mansions of glory.

The Christian looks beyond this dying world to his eternal home in glory. The cross of Jesus enables him to soar on high, and leave the world behind him. He looks forward to the glory that is to be revealed in him. He sets his affections on things above.

Oh, keep gazing on a crucified Savior, and the world will lose its charms! We overcome the world through the cross. It is a sight of the cross of Christ that weans the affections from sublunary objects, and centers them on heavenly and divine things.

by David Harsha

Yes, Everything is Wrong . . . Until Jesus Makes It Right

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself . . . whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. Colossians 1:20

Men and women without God are helpless and hopeless human beings. We do well to remember that sin is to the human nature what cancer is to the human body! Who can argue with the fact that sin has ruined us? Our feverish activity is only one sign of what is wrong with us—sin has plunged us into the depths and so marked us with mortality that we have become brother to the clay. But God never meant it to be so.

I recall being invited to speak at a summer conference where much of the emphasis is upon fun and amusement and jokes, something like Hollywood, I suppose. After my sessions there, the pastor-director told me frankly of his wife’s reaction: “Honey, after listening to Dr. Tozer, can it be true that there isn’t anything good in this world?” Well, I know she had a Bible in her house and I consider her query one of the foolish questions of our times. Of course the world makes its own argument that there are things that can be considered good on the human level-but they belong to us only for a brief day. Nothing is divinely good until it bears the imprint of our Lord Jesus Christ! Men and women may argue and make excuses, but it does not change the fact that in our human society we are completely surrounded by three marks of the ancient curse: everything is recent, temporal and transient! That is why the Holy Spirit whispers faithfully, reminding us of the Christ of God, eternity walking in flesh, God Almighty come to live among us and to save—actually to give us eternity!

by A.W. Tozer