“The hardest thing in the world” by Charles H. Spurgeon

“The hardest thing in the world is to turn a man’s eye off himself; as long as he lives, he always has a predilection to turn his eyes inside, and look at himself; whereas God says, ‘Look unto me.’ From the cross of Calvary, where the bleeding hands of Jesus drop mercy; from the Garden of Gethsemane, where the bleeding pores of the Saviour sweat pardons, the cry comes, ‘Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.’

From Calvary’s summit, where Jesus cries, ‘It is finished,’ I hear a shout, ‘Look, and be saved.’ But there comes a vile cry from our soul, ‘Nay, look to yourself! look to yourself!’ Ah, my hearer, look to yourself, and you will be damned. That certainly will come of it.

As long as you look to yourself there is no hope for you. It is not a consideration of what you are, but a consideration of what God is, and what Christ is, that can save you. It is looking from yourself to Jesus.”

–Charles H. Spurgeon, “Sovereignty and Salvation” in Spurgeon’s Sermons, Vol. 1 (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996), 14.

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