“We wish to see Jesus.” John 12:21
Evermore the worldling’s cry is, “Who will show us any good?” He seeks satisfaction in earthly comforts, enjoyments, and riches.
But the quickened sinner knows of only one good. “Oh, that I knew where I might find him!” When he is truly awakened to feel his guilt, if you could pour the gold of India at his feet, he would say, “Take it away: I want to find him.”
It is a blessed thing for a man, when he has brought his desires into a focus so that they all center in one object. When he has 50 different desires, his heart resembles a mere of stagnant water, spread out into a marsh, breeding miasma and pestilence—but when all his desires are brought into one channel, his heart becomes like a river of pure water, running swiftly to fertilize the fields.
Happy is he who has one desire, if that one desire be set on Christ, though it may not yet have been realized. If Jesus be a soul’s desire, it is a blessed sign of divine work within. Such a man will never be content with mere ordinances. He will say, “I want Christ; I must have him—mere ordinances are of no use to me; I want himself; do not offer me these; you offer me the empty pitcher, while I am dying of thirst; give me water, or I die. Jesus is my soul’s desire. I would see Jesus!”
Is this your condition, my reader, at this moment?
Have you but one desire, and is that after Christ? Then you are not far from the kingdom of heaven. Have you but one wish in your heart, and that one wish that you may be washed from all your sins in Jesus’ blood? Can you really say, “I would give all I have to be a Christian; I would give up everything I have and hope for, if I might but feel that I have an interest in Christ”? Then, despite all thy fears, be of good cheer, the Lord loves you, and you shall come out into daylight soon, and rejoice in the liberty wherewith Christ makes men free.
Adapted from Morning and Evening.