“… above all, trust Christ, and distrust self.” –Susannah Spurgeon, writing to her son Thomas*
Our culture likes to talk about self-knowledge, summoning us to personality assessments and titles to help us understand and deal kindly with ourselves.
The Bible tells us to know ourselves, too: to know that our hearts are desperately sick and deceitful above all else, that there is none who does good and never sins, that on our own and of ourselves we are nothing but hell-bent and hell-bound.
And the Bible calls us to know Christ. To know His love before the foundation of the world, His blood shed for sins, His resurrection which guarantees life to those who are His. He was tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin, and so He is able to deal kindly with us.
We come to resemble what we study. The Bible doesn’t call us to study ourselves, but calls us to forsake all else for the prize of knowing Christ.
“This is eternal life: that they know … the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom [God has] sent.” John 17:3
*quoted in Susie, by Ray Rhodes, Jr., Moody Publishers, 2018.
©️Stacy Crouch 2018