Can you find a more excellent object for your love than Jesus? If you search through the whole creation, could you find any like him? Are riches, honors, pleasures, or other relationships comparable to Jesus, whom you ought to love supremely? Should not the highest good be the best object of your love? Can you love lesser things, and not the greatest good? Is not all the goodness in the creature but as a drop to the sea, as a candle to the sun, as a speck of sand to a mountain—when compared to the goodness that is in Jesus? If David were worth ten thousand other men, is not Jesus, David’s Lord, better than all the world?
Is not Jesus the most suitable good for you? Is liberty so suitable to a captive man, or bread to a hungry man, or health to a sick man, or ease to a suffering man, as Jesus is to a sinful man? Were you not lost, undone and in danger to be damned? Jesus was your Savior, your keeper and your redeemer. “The Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost,” (Luke 19:10). “Therefore he is able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by him…” (Heb. 7:25). Jesus is “Mighty to save!”
Were you not ignorant, dark, and blind, not knowing the way to heaven and eternal happiness? Didn’t you weary yourself trying to find the gate of life, and yet missed it when you had done all you could? Jesus became your Teacher and your Guide, to infallibly direct you to heaven. He anointed your eyes with his eye-salve, even though you were born blind, and then he gave you spiritual sight. Now you are able to see your lost estate, the beauty of Jesus, and the way of salvation.1
- Thomas Doolittle (1630-1707). Motives to Love Jesus. ↩