ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall
be added unto you. Matt. 6:33.
This is the first great object--the kingdom of heaven, the righteousness of
Christ. Other objects to be attained should be secondary to these.
present the path of holiness as difficult while the paths of worldly pleasure
are strewed with flowers. In false and flattering colors will the tempter
array the world with its pleasures before you. Vanity is one of the strongest
traits of our depraved natures, and he knows that he can appeal to it successfully.
He will flatter you through his agents. You may receive praise which will
gratify your vanity and foster in you pride and self-esteem, and you may think
that with such advantages and attractions it really is a great pity for you
to come out from the world and be separate, and become a Christian. . . .
But consider that the pleasures of earth will have an end, and that which
you sow you must also reap. Are personal attractions, ability, or talents
too valuable to devote to God, the Author of your being, He who watches over
you every moment? Are your qualifications too precious to devote to God?
urge that they need something to enliven and divert the mind. I saw that there
is pleasure in industry, a satisfaction in pursuing a life of usefulness.
Some still urge that they must have something . . . to which the mind can
turn for relief and refreshment amid cares and wearing labor. The Christian's
hope is just what is needed. Religion will prove to the believer a comforter,
a sure guide to the Fountain of true happiness. The young should study the
word of God and give themselves to meditation and prayer, and they will find
that their spare moments cannot be better employed.
you should take time to prove your own selves, whether you are in the love
of God. Be diligent to make your calling and election sure.
the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Make this first and last. Seek most
earnestly to know Him whom to know aright is life eternal. Christ and His
righteousness is the salvation of the soul.
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