in the Human Sphere
ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matt.
Our Savior understood all about human nature, and He says to every human being.
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
As God is perfect in His sphere, so man is to be perfect in his sphere. Those
who receive Christ are among the number to whom the words so full of hope
are spoken. "As many as received him, to them gave he power to become
the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." These words
declare to us that we should be content with nothing less than the best and
highest character, a character formed after the divine similitude. When such
a character is possessed, the life, the faith, the purity of the religion,
is an instructive example to others.
who are waiting to behold a magical change in their characters without determined
effort on their part to overcome sin, will be disappointed. We have no reason
to fear while looking to Jesus, no reason to doubt but that He is able to
save to the uttermost all that come unto Him; but we may constantly fear lest
our old nature will again obtain the supremacy, that the enemy shall devise
some snare whereby we shall again become his captives. We are to work out
our own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God that worketh in you
to will and to do of His good pleasure. With our limited powers we are to
be as holy in our sphere as God is holy in His sphere. To the extent of our
ability, we are to make manifest the truth and love and excellence of the
divine character. As wax takes the impression of the seal, so the soul is
to take the impression of the Spirit of God and retain the image of Christ.
to grow daily in spiritual loveliness. We shall fail often in our efforts
to copy the divine pattern. We shall often have to bow down to weep at the
feet of Jesus, because of our shortcomings and mistakes; but we are not to
be discouraged; we are to pray more fervently, believe more fully, and try
again with more steadfastness to grow into the likeness of our Lord. As we
distrust our own power, we shall trust the power of our Redeemer, and render
praise to God, who is the health of our countenance, and our God.
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