Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Wooden limbs

"A wooden leg may be a support to the body, though it is not a true member. Just so, wicked men may supply the needs of a church, as Judas for a while did duty as an apostle."

Quaint, but true. It is to be feared that our churches have many wooden legs, in the form of . . . 
  lifeless ministers,
  graceless deacons,
  and unregenerate pastors. 
The church body may move with these — but her walk must be limping, painful, slow, and awkwardly! 

As for the wooden limb itself, its end is to be burned. It will be a fearful thing to turn out to be a dead member of a living body — a false arm, or a glass eye! Such shams can never be part of the body of Christ. 

O for living, loving, lasting union with the living Head!

C.H. Spurgeon

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