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God is calling us to look away from the little world we have made to the One who made us. God is calling us to stop putting our hope in what we can do and start putting our hope in the divine Doer. Regard Him with desire and glad expectation, and you will discover that He is enough. Reject everything incompatible with Him—the idolatrous altars of your heart. If you will suffer the loss of all things to gain Christ, He will make you too happy to care. That is faith, and God is calling you to live by that faith. Stop trusting in your own altars of incense. Let Christ alone be your sweet incense before a holy God. Reject yourself. Embrace Christ as your offering acceptable to God, and He will accept you without your own works-righteousness. No matter what you lose in order to gain Christ, don’t worry about it. He’s worth everything.

— Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr., Isaiah: God Saves Sinners, 131.

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