C. H. V. Bogatzky's Daily Devotions. A Golden Treasury for the People of God Whose Treasure Is In Heaven, January 28. GospelWeb.net

The Twenty Eighth of January

HEREUNTO WERE YE CALLED --- 1 Peter 2:21..

"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps." --- 1 Peter 2:21.

To believe in Christ for justification is but one half of the duty of faith; it respects Christ only as he died and suffered for us, as he made atonement for our sins, peace with God, and reconciliation for us, and as our righteousness; unto these ends, he is, indeed, primarily and principally proposed unto us in the gospel; and with respect unto them, we are exhorted to receive, and to believe in him.

But this not all that is required of us: Christ in the gospel is proposed unto us as our pattern and example of holiness; and as it is a cursed imagination that the whole end of his life and death was to exemplify and confirm the doctrine of holiness which he preached, so to neglect his being our example, in considering him by faith unto that end, and labouring after conformity to him, is evil and pernicious; wherefore let us be much in contemplation of what he was, what he did, how in all instances of duties and trials he carried himself, until a glorious image of his perfect holiness is implanted in our minds and we are made like unto him thereby.

Let me walk with Christ below,
In his likeness daily grow;
Follow him, and run my race,
Daily nourish'd by his grace.