True Growth

In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, ~ Isaiah 28:5

The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. ~ Psalm 16:5, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 63:3

A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. ~ Luke 2:32

True Growth in Grace, by Archibald Brown. This is from his work, “He is Precious.”.

To you therefore who believe, He is precious.
~ 1 Peter 2:7

The word “precious” has a stronger meaning than appears on its surface; it is really “To you who believe, He is preciousness,” or all-precious. Christ is . . .
a sun which ever shines;
a garden which is always full of flowers and fruits;
a hive ever full of honey;
a fountain which is always full;
a brook which never dries;
a rose that always blooms;
an ocean of sweetness without a drop of gall.

To the child of God, a personal living Christ is most dear.
He is not satisfied with a mere love for . . .
Christ’s doctrines,
Christ’s promises,
or Christ’s gifts.
His affections entwine themselves round about Christ’s person. Jesus is to him his brother, friend, companion, the one with whom he walks and talks.

True growth in grace consists of a personal Savior growing increasingly precious.

How sad it is that so many fall short of this experience. Their religion is entered more in a code of rules and collections of doctrines–than in the person of the dear Redeemer.

Yes, to you who believe, He Himself is precious.

Not only His house–for it is quite possible to like a person’s house exceedingly, and yet have no particular love for the owner of that house.

Not only His book–for there are many books you may enjoy reading, and yet have neither knowledge of, nor affection for, the author.

Not only His gifts–for how many there are who value a man’s gifts, while they despise him in their heart.

But He Himself, apart from all that He gives, will be your heart’s dearest love.

“My God, I love You; not because
I hope for Heaven thereby.
Nor because those who love You not,
Must burn eternally.

Not with the hope of gaining anything,
Nor seeking a reward;
But as Yourself have loved me,
O ever-loving Lord.”

Whom have I in Heaven but You? I desire You more than anything on earth.
~ Psalm 73:25