“I live by faith in the Son of God.” Galatians 2:20
In spiritual things we are too often living upon self. We fail to live by faith. We seek in frames, forms, creatures, and animal life, that peace and that stability which are to be found in the Redeemer only. Outward duties are well in their place — but they have no Divine life in themselves and therefore can give none. They are to be performed — but not trusted in; to be used with grace — but not as the price with which grace may be purchased. They are as the scaffold of the building, a means for carrying on the work — but not the end of the great design.
In the power of Christ, they are blessings; without it, they have no power. The whole trust must be in Him. He is the way, the truth, and the life; without Him prayers, praises, rites, and ordinances are carcasses without a soul.
All our performances, in order to be holy and acceptable, must be animated by His Spirit. Then it is that we enjoy a communion of heart and interests with the adorable Jesus, and a delightful view behind the veil of outward ordinances (such as no carnal eye can behold), manifesting the Lord in His goodness, beauty, grandeur, blessedness, and glory.
What will it be to enjoy this vision and communion without a veil between; and to enjoy it forever! Lord Jesus, prepare me for it, and then introduce me to it.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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