More of Christ! More of Christ!
by James Smith,
What is it my soul, which causes this uneasiness, this
deep inward yearning after something which you have not, or
do not at
present enjoy? I am not at rest. I am not rejoicing in God. I am not
from the heights of Zion. Yet, I have no slavish fears, I have no
doubts of my saving interest in Christ, I have no actual dread of
the judgment. But I feel a desire to climb higher, to know
more, and to enjoy the power of religion within — as I have
late. It seems to me that all my needs lead me to Christ, and
desires go out toward Christ. I want — well, what do I
I want to feel more of my NEED of
have imagined at times, that I could not have a deeper sense of my
Christ, and of all that Christ is, and has — than I have already
experienced. But I am persuaded now that I may, and that only in
as I daily feel my need of Christ — shall I desire to know
in him, and enjoy him. I know theoretically, that I need Christ in
office which he sustains, in every relationship which he
and in every character which he has assumed. I need him not
rescue me from death — but to feed me, clothe me, teach me, keep me,
me, and comfort me. I need him to do all for me, and all within
me — which either God, or my circumstances require. O to feel
more of my
need of Jesus, that I may not be happy one moment — but only
look to him, lean on him, and receive from him!
I want to KNOW more of Christ. O how
little do I
really know of Christ! I have thought of him, spoken of
and wrote about him — but how little I really know of
want to know more of the person of Christ, more of the grace
of Christ, and more of the work of Christ. I want to know
Christ for me, and more of Christ within me. I want to
more of the words of Christ, and more of the heart of
I want to know Jesus as God's Christ — and as my Christ. I want so
Christ, as never to doubt his love, question his veracity, or to
coming. Yes, so to know him — as to devote myself
him, and be ready at any time to depart and be with him!
I want more AFFECTION for Christ. Yes, I
love Jesus — and to feel that I love him. I want to love him —
prove by my conversation, conduct, and spirit — that I do so love
ought to be no doubt on my own mind on this point — but I should be
say, "I love him — because he first loved me." There ought to be no
occasion for any who know me, to question whether I love him. O no,
should so influence my conduct, and his love should so season
conversation — that all about me may feel sure, that if I love
love Jesus. O that the Holy Spirit would shed abroad the love of
my heart more and more — that my love to him may be as strong as
I want to realize more sensibly my UNION
Christ. Christ is the head of the church, and all the true members
church are in union with him. I cannot but believe that I am one
Christ. I often feel as if I could not live without Christ. But I
daily and hourly to live under the impression — that
my soul are one. That I am a member of his body, of his flesh and of
bones. What privilege can exceed this — to be united to Christ!
because he lives — I shall live also. Then he will use his influence
spend his wealth upon me, and desire to have me with him to behold
glory. O Jesus, dwell more sensibly in my heart, and let me dwell
sensibly in you!
I want more COMMUNION with Christ. Communion
flows from union — and proves its vitality. No union to
no communion with Christ. And if there is no communion with
then there is no evidence of union to Christ. The branch being
one with the vine — receives its life, sap, and nourishment
vine. Just so, we being one with Christ — receive our spiritual
holiness, and happiness from Christ. The member lives, grows,
strong — because it is in union with the head. Just so, the
lives, grows, and is strong — because he is in union with Christ,
In proportion as we realize our union with Christ, will be
sweetness and constancy of our communion with Christ. And in
proportion to the sweetness and constancy of our communion with
Christ — will be the assurance of our union to Christ. O for
sweet, sanctifying, and soul-ennobling communion with Jesus!
I want more ASSIMILATION to Christ. What I
Christ I admire, and I admire all that I see in Christ. But admiration
is not enough. I want to be like Jesus, just like him —
altogether like him. The more I am with him, and the more I see of
him — the
more I sigh, cry, and long to be like him! I think one may live at
distance from Christ, and have so little to do with Christ — that he
be very anxious or desirous to be like him. But I am sure that we
much in his company, or be led by the Holy Spirit, to see much of
and spiritual beauty — but we shall desire to be fully like him.
times, this seems to be the one thing needful with me, the one thing
desire of the Lord — that I may be like Jesus. But it is not always
so, it is not sufficiently so — therefore I cannot but wish
assimilation to Christ.
I want to be fully POSSESSED of Christ.
to be like him — but to be with him — not only with
grace — but with him in glory! I am sure that I shall
perfectly satisfied — until I have Christ always with me — until I
with him in his Father's home and kingdom. This is promised me, I
believe the promise, and wait for its fulfillment. Soon it will be
my experience, "Absent from the body — present with the Lord." I
"depart and be with Christ — which is far better" than being here,
from him, and so often sighing for the enjoyment of him! Then I
possess Christ! Then I shall be fully satisfied with the
O Lord, let me have a deeper sense of my saving
in Christ now, let me enjoy more of him while on earth — and then I
that I shall be satisfied when I awake up in his glorious likeness!
Now it seems to me that these things go
naturally follow each other:
In proportion as I feel my need of Christ
shall desire to know Christ — to know him fully, to know him
In proportion as I know Christ — shall I
set my affections on Christ, and to love him with an
Just in proportion to my love to him —
will be my
desire to realize close and vital union to him.
In proportion as I realize my union to
shall I want to have and enjoy communion with Christ.
In proportion as I enjoy communion with
shall I long for assimilation to Christ.
And as I long for assimilation to Christ —
desire fully to possess him, and to be forever with him!
Reader, do you know anything about these
have written these lines out of my own heart, and they express the
and desires of my soul.
If I know anything — I do know in a
need of Christ.
If I desire anything — I do desire to know
If I wish to love at all — I wish to love
If I prize anything — I prize union
If I desire anything — I desire communion
If I aspire to anything — I aspire to be
If I am persuaded that I shall be satisfied
anything — I am persuaded that I shall be satisfied with the presence
and possession of Christ.
All my religion finds its center in
My whole creed begins, goes on, and ends with
I value doctrines — but I set more value
I prize ordinances — but I think more
With me it is — Christ first, Christ middle,
Reader, is it so with you?