Look to Christ

“Look to Christ; for the glorious Son of God so loved lost souls, that He took on Him a body and died for us — bore our curse, and obeyed the law in our place. Look to Him and live. You need no preparation, you need no endeavors, you need no duties, you need not strivings, you only need to look to Him and live.”
Robert Murray M’Cheyne[1]

I read the above quote this last week and thought about how fitting it is for us to remember. It is not our strivings and endeavors – it is what Christ has done for us on the cross. As we enter into this Holy weekend,  may you be blessed and renewed in remembering Christ’s glorious gift for us.


Robert Murray M’Cheyne was a Scottish pastor and evangelist who lived between 1813-1843. He is remembered and honored for his work at St. Peter’s in Dundee, a new church in an industrial city of 4,000. His writing and preaching were focused on conversion as the area was considered quite spiritually dry and he encouraged other pastors to live lives that were holy.

“Above all things, cultivate your own spirit,” he wrote to a fellow-minister. “Your own soul is your first and greatest care. Seek advance of personal holiness.
It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God. A word spoken by you when your conscience is clear, and your heart full of God’s Spirit, is worth ten thousand words spoken in unbelief and sin.”[2]

St. Peter’s Church became a part of Scotland’s Free Church and is an active congregation today with visitors from throughout the world who visit because of M’Cheyne’s influence.

M’Cheyne today may be best known for his Bible Reading Calendar. 
A M’Cheyne website details his life, work, sermons and other writings.

The APU Libraries have the biography written by his friend Andrew Bonar:
The Biography of Robert Murray M’Cheyne as well as his sermon volumes A Basket of Fragments and Memoirs of M’Cheyne.

[1] Kea, Elizabeth, ed. Amazed by Grace. Nashville, TN: W Publishing Group, 2003, p.44.

[2] Quotation appears on the M’Cheyne website from an article which originally appeared in the Banner of Truth.

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2 Responses to Look to Christ

  1. Joseph Bentz says:

    I love that opening quote! Thank you.

  2. Emily says:

    Thanks for the Bible Calendar, Liz.

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