Reading: “Unto you, therefore, which believe, he is precious”—1 Peter 2:7

Are you anxious to know whether you are a true believer in Jesus? Try it, then, by this mark, which the Holy Ghost has given. Do you believe in Jesus for life and salvation? Yet truly, if so be, he is precious. Look at him, then. Is Jesus precious in his person, precious in his work, precious in his offices, precious in his relations, precious in his whole character? Do you know him, so as to love him, to live to him, to rejoice in him, and to cast your whole soul upon him, for life and salvation?

Do you accept him as the Father’s gift, the Sent, the Sealed, the Anointed—the Christ—of the Father? Is he so precious, that there is nothing in him but what you love, nothing that you would part with?

His cross is dear, as well as his crown! Afflictions with Jesus are sweeter than prosperity without him! Pause over these questions. Think that there is nothing out of Jesus that can be truly satisfying. Your dearest earthly friend, however sweet, has yet some tinge, some alloy of what is not sweet. But there is no mixture in Jesus; all is pure, and lovely and glorious.

And now, what do you say concerning Jesus? Is he precious to you under all these excellencies? Say, if Jesus were to be bought, would you not sell all you have to buy Him? Were he to be sold, would you not rather lose your life than part with him? Surely, then, he must be precious to you; and, as such, you are a believer; for the apostle has commanded us to say, “unto them which believe he is precious.”

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.