Remember, therefore, it is not your hold on Christ that saves you — it is Christ;
it is not your joy in Christ that saves you — it is Christ;
it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument — it is Christ's blood and merits;
therefore, look not so much to your hand with which you are grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to your hope, but Jesus, the source of your hope —
look not to your faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith.
We will never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings;
it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul.
If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.”
Keep your eye simply on Him; let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh on your mind; when you wake in the morning look to Him; when you lie down at night look to Him.
Oh! let not your hopes or fears come between you and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail you.
And for those who like beards, another Spurgeon quotation...