Accept the Mind of Christ
"But we have the mind of Christ" (2 Cor. 2:16).
I do not know that the apostle ever makes a greater claim for himself and his fellow-believers than this. And yet how entirely justified it is. For when a man responds at first to the overtures of our Lord Jesus Christ, unites with Him by faith and appropriates His proffered pardon, cleansing and ...read
"He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap" (Eccles. 11:4).
There are deterrent influences which ceaselessly play upon Christian life to baffle and thwart its pledged purposes. Unfavourable winds and unseasonable clouds are apt to induce the thought that such unpropitious conditions call for prud ...read
For God's Glory
"Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died" (John 11:21).
Of course she was wrong. The plain truth of the matter is that Lazarus had died just because, in a truer sense than Martha could understand, the Lord was there! She did not know that her brother's sickness was "not unto death," that is, it was not part of Death's campaign a ...read
"For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries" (1 Cor. 16:9).
Let there be no mistake about this. The place of Christian witness is often a hard and lonely place. But it is under just such conditions, matching the confidence of your faith against the apparent hopelessness of your efforts, that your own perso ...read
Not Passive Workers
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:10).
The old Puritan writer who defined Salvation as "the life of God in the soul of man" was entirely right. Only do not fail to bear in mind that the man in whom He dwells is not himself passive. In the na ...read
"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure" (Phil. 2:13).
For, in the truest sense of that frequently misused term, every Christian believer is a self-made man. That description is, I know, usually applied to a man who has made a fortune and has in many cases been so busy over the making of it that he has n ...read
We Must do the Work
"My soul is continually in my hand" (Ps. 119:109).
See how entirely unanswerable is the logic of those demands which the New Testament makes upon us. It lays foundations, and then says "Build!" It declares truth, and then says "Act!" It unveils fountains, and then says "Drink, and be renewed!" It reveals a pathway, and then says "Walk!" It dis ...read