The Lord is a God of
knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 1 Sam. 2:3.
I have seen an angel standing with scales in his hands weighing the
thoughts and interest of the people of God, especially the young.
In one scale were the thoughts and interest tending heavenward; in
the other were the thoughts and interest tending to earth. And in
this scale were thrown all the reading of storybooks, thoughts of
dress and show, vanity, pride, et cetera. Oh, what a solemn moment!
the angels of God standing with scales, weighing the thoughts of His
professed children--those who claim to be dead to the world and alive
to God. The scale filled with thoughts of earth, vanity, and pride
quickly went down, notwithstanding weight after weight rolled from
the scale. The one with the thoughts and interest tending to heaven
went quickly up as the other went down, and oh, how light it was!
I can relate this as I saw it; but never can I give the solemn and
vivid impression stamped upon my mind, as I saw the angel with the
scales weighing the thoughts and interest of the people of God. Said
the angel: "Can such enter heaven? No, no, never. Tell them the
hope they now possess is vain, and unless they speedily repent, and
obtain salvation, they must perish." . . .
I saw that many measure
themselves among themselves, and compare their lives with the lives
of others. This should not be. No one but Christ is given us as an
example. He is our true Pattern, and each should strive to excel in
imitating Him. . . . I saw that some hardly know as yet what self-denial
or sacrifice is, or what it is to suffer for the truth's sake. But
none will enter heaven without making a sacrifice. A spirit of self-denial
and sacrifice should be cherished. Some have not sacrificed themselves,
their own bodies, on the altar of God. They indulge in hasty, fitful
temper, gratify their appetites, and attend to their own self-interest,
regardless of the cause of God. Those who are willing to make any
sacrifice for eternal life, will have it; and it will be worth suffering
for, worth crucifying self for, and sacrificing every idol for. The
far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory swallows up everything
and eclipses every earthly pleasure.
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