Ye are a chosen generation,
a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should
shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness
into his marvellous light. 1 Peter 2:9.
The warning that the Son of man is soon to come in the clouds of heaven
has become to many a familiar tale. They have left the waiting, watching
position. The selfish, worldly spirit manifested in the life reveals
the sentiment of the heart, "My lord delayeth his coming."
The same spirit of selfishness,
of conformity to the practices of the world, exists in our day as
in Noah's. Many who profess to be children of God follow their worldly
pursuits with an intensity that gives the lie to their profession.
They will be planting and building, buying and selling, eating and
drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the last moment of
their probation. This is the condition of a large number of our own
people. . . .
My soul is burdened as
I see the great want of spirituality among us. The fashions and customs
of the world, pride, love of amusement, love of display, extravagance
in dress, in houses, in lands--these are robbing the treasury of God,
turning to the gratification of self the means which should be used
to send forth the light of truth to the world. . . .
The children of the light
and of the day are not to gather about them the shades of night and
darkness which encompass the workers of iniquity. On the contrary,
they are to stand faithfully at their post of duty as light bearers,
gathering light from God to shed upon those in darkness. The Lord
requires His people to maintain their integrity, touching not--that
is, imitating not--the practices of the ungodly.
Christians will be in this
world "an holy nation, a peculiar people," showing forth
the praises of Him who hath called them "out of darkness into
his marvellous light." This light is not to grow dim, but to
shine brighter and brighter unto the perfect day. . . . The thrilling
truth that has been sounding in our ears for many years, "The
Lord is at hand; be ye also ready," is no less the truth today
than when we first heard the message.
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