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Finding Christ

Tell me where you lost the company of a Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust doth dwell. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, “Look for a thing where you dropped it, it is there.” So look for Christ where you lost him, for he has not gone away.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (19 January, Morning)

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thanks for posting this
You're welcome. I've been trying to post more often, even if it's not my own words, to keep my own head and heart clear, focused, and directed. I'm glad when it helps others, too.
Amen! I appreciate this....
Hittin' close to home.

which one?

that is, ... charles seems to be operating under the assumption that one wants to refind him, or that indeed, one had actually ever found him to begin with. Do you think god cares/minds if someone isn't really thinking about finding/losing christ?

don't you have to be desparate to be a christian, by definition?

sorry for all the questions.

Re: which one?

I think you're right about Spurgeon's assumption—his intended audience there seems to be those who have some desire to rediscover or reconnect with Christ.

I think God cares, for whatever my thought is worth.

And yes, I'm not sure how I'd trust an undesperate Christian, simply because I'm not sure how much weight their faith has ever borne. Then again, no matter how tested one's faith has been, it can always be tried more. It's honest, I think, to admit our desperation, but it's also realistic to recognize that we can likely find ourselves to be still more desperate somewhere down the line.

So yes to being desperate, but even that is by definition a matter of degrees. We can almost always be brought lower. Not that I think that's the point—it's just helpful for me to remember when I'm (constantly) using myself as a reference point for a realistic faith (e.g., believing that anyone who hasn't been as desperate as I am can't really "get it").

I'm rambling and not 100% sure I'm communicating what I mean, so if it means something as you read it, kudos.