That Thou Mayest See

Revelation 3:17-18 ‘Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.’

What a wretched condition the unsaved are in! They are utterly ruined in soul, while keeping up a vain show. But what an enigma it is for those who are partakers with Christ to wander in a similar condition! Will the Son of man find vibrant faith in us those who remain unto the coming of the Lord when He makes up His jewels?

The rich who are lost feel that they have no need of Christ. But believers need Christ every day. Why is it then that we refuse to pray? Why is it that we refuse to come apart and rest awhile with Christ? It is essentially because we do not feel that Christ is our life and treasure. We may open our Bibles when it suits us. We may attend church because it is right. We may pray through our list because it is the responsible thing to do. But do we truly sense our need for Divine help? O Lord, open our eyes to what we are in our sinful and frail selves, that we may cleave the more earnestly to Christ!

Will we humble ourselves to trade our spiritual poverty for the durable riches Christ wants to reveal to us? Our eyes are slow to see the wretchedness of self-sufficiency. How will we ever desire the sincere milk of God’s Word by clinging to this? How shall we ever see our desperate need to pray? How shall we ever allow the Saviour to wash our feet? Lord, help us to see our need.

Pastor James West

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