There are multitudes of professing Christians among us, who want only as much religion as will save them from Hell--not an atom more! The world is their real god. Gold is their idol. They worship in mammon's temple!
Love God with all their
heart!--they do not so much as understand the meaning of such a thing.
Sacrifice riches, place, honor, and friends to Christ!--they scoff at
the thing as madness.
Oh, be out and out for God!
Do not trifle with
Do not mock God and Christ.
Do not love the world.
in your inmost soul.
Do not mistake mere sentimentalism for saving
religion--or a good character for the new birth. You may go very far--and yet
not be a Christian. You may follow Christ in some things--but if not in all,
what is your following worth?
This world, or the world to
come--that is the alternative. Not this world, and the world to come.
Christ is all--or nothing. There is no middle ground; no
half-discipleship; no compromise. No! The friendship of the world is enmity with
God. Come out and be separate.
"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