of the Savior
good conduct among the Gentiles, so that in case they speak against you as
wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
1 Peter 2:12, R.S.V.
God expects those who bear the name of Christ to represent Him. . . . They
are to be a sanctified, purified, holy people, communicating light to all
with whom they come in contact. . . . The followers of Christ are to be separate
from the world in principles and interests, but they are not to isolate themselves
from the world. The Savior mingled constantly with men, not to encourage them
in anything that was not in accordance with God's will, but to uplift and
ennoble them. "I sanctify myself," He declared, "that they
also might be sanctified." John 17:19. So the Christian is to abide among
men, that the savor of divine love may be as salt to preserve the world from
corruption. . . .
of a higher, purer, nobler life is our great need. The world is watching to
see what fruit is borne by professed Christians. . . . Impressions favorable
or unfavorable to Bible religion are constantly being made on the minds of
all with whom we have to do.
and the angels are watching. God desires His people to show by their lives
the advantage of Christianity over worldliness, to show that they are working
on a high, holy plane. He longs to see them showing that the truth they have
received has made them children of the heavenly King. He longs to make them
channels through which He can pour His boundless love and mercy.
is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church.
When the character of the Savior shall be perfectly reproduced in His people,
then He will come to claim His own. It is the privilege of every Christian,
not only to look for, but to hasten, the coming of our Lord. Were all who
profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would
be sown with the seed of the gospel! Quickly the last great harvest would
be ripened, and Christ would come.
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