I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
There is a noisy zeal, without aim or purpose, which is not according to knowledge,
which is blind in its operations and destructive in its results. This is not
Christian zeal. Christian zeal is controlled by principle and is not spasmodic.
It is earnest, deep, and strong, engaging the whole soul and arousing to exercise
the moral sensibilities.
of souls and the interests of the kingdom of God are matters of the highest
importance. What object is there that calls for greater earnestness than the
salvation of souls and the glory of God? There are considerations here which
cannot be lightly regarded. They are as weighty as eternity. Eternal destinies
are at stake. Men and women are deciding for weal or woe. Christian zeal will
not exhaust itself in talk, but will feel and act with vigor and efficiency.
Yet Christian zeal will not act for the sake of being seen. Humility will
characterize every effort and be seen in every work. Christian zeal will lead
to earnest prayer and humiliation, and to faithfulness in home duties. In
the family circle will be seen the gentleness and love, benevolence and compassion,
which are ever the fruits of Christian zeal. . . .
few feel the worth of souls! How few are willing to sacrifice to bring souls
to the knowledge of Christ! There is much talking, much professed love for
perishing souls; but talk is cheap stuff. It is earnest Christian zeal that
is wanted--a zeal that will be manifested by doing something. All must now
work for themselves, and when they have Jesus in their hearts they will confess
Him to others. No more could a soul who possesses Christ be hindered from
confessing Him than could the waters of Niagara be stopped from flowing over
life should engage the deepest interest of every Christian. To be a co-worker
with Christ and the heavenly angels in the great plan of salvation! What work
can bear any comparison with this! From every soul saved there comes to God
a revenue of glory to be reflected upon the one saved and also upon the one
instrumental in his salvation.
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