I lack the ability to articulate the truths below. So, read and enjoy the following devotional that was recently shared with our family. William Dyer, a long ago Puritan, points us to the preciousness of Jesus Christ. It is grounded in 1 Peter 2:7 (NKJV): “To you who believe, he is precious.”
Christ is most precious. Oh, people, angels are precious, saints are precious, friends are precious, Heaven is precious—but Christ is ten thousand times more precious than these.
A believer had rather have Christ without heaven, than heaven without Christ. “Whom have I in heaven but you? and there is none on earth that I desire besides you” (Psalm 73:25). Let a believer search heaven and earth, and yet he will find nothing comparable to Christ. To be like to him, is our happiness. To draw near to him, is our holiness.
You see, beloved, life is precious, freedom is precious, health is precious, peace is precious, food and clothing are precious, gold and silver are precious, kingdoms and crowns are precious. Indeed they are, in their places, but nothing is as precious as Jesus Christ.
Mark, people, what the apostle says, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:7–8).
The believer is the only blessed man, the only happy man, the only rich man. Revelation 21:7, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things.” Oh what a glorious inheritance are they born to, who are new-born. All things are theirs, and they shall inherit all things. What can they desire, more than all? All that Christ has, is theirs:
His wisdom is theirs to teach them,
his love is theirs to pity them,
his Spirit is theirs to comfort them,
his righteousness is theirs to justify them,
his power is theirs to protect them, and
his glory is theirs to crown them.
Oh people, Christ cannot but be most precious to a believer, because all his precious comforts come from Christ. The Lord Jesus is
fairer than the fairest,
sweeter than the sweetest,
nearer than the nearest,
dearer than the dearest,
richer than the richest,
and better than the best.
“Yes, he is very precious to you who believe.” Jesus Christ is more precious to believers, than a thousand worlds. Oh sirs. to the believing soul,
Christ is precious,
he is very precious,
he is most precious,
he is always precious,
he is altogether precious.
“Yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend” (Song of Solomon 5:16). Jesus Christ is indeed our best friend. He is
a faithful friend,
a prudent friend,
a providing friend,
a compassionate friend,
a constant friend,
a loving friend,
an everlasting friend.
He loves us to the end—and there is no end of his love.
Oh, what a sweet friend is Christ!”
Tasting and seeing with you (Psalm 34:8),