unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or
think, according to the power that worketh in us. Eph. 3:20.
is waiting to manifest through His people His grace and power. But He requires
that those who engage in His service shall keep their minds ever directed
to Him. Every day they should have time for reading the Word of God and for
prayer. . . .
we are to walk and talk with God; then the sacred influence of the gospel
of Christ in all its preciousness will appear in our lives.
is an eloquence far more powerful than the eloquence of words in the quiet,
consistent life of a pure, true Christian. What a man is has more influence
than what he says.
who were sent to Jesus came back with the report that never man spoke as He
spoke. But the reason for this was that never man lived as He lived. Had His
life been other than it was, He could not have spoken as He did. His words
bore with them a convincing power, because they came from a heart pure and
holy, full of love and sympathy, benevolence and truth.
our own character and experience that determine our influence upon others.
In order to convince others of the power of Christ’s grace, we must
know its power in our own hearts and lives. The gospel we present for the
saving of souls must be the gospel by which our own souls are saved. Only
through a living faith in Christ as a personal Saviour is it possible to make
our influence felt in a skeptical world. If we would draw sinners out of the
swift-running current, our own feet must be firmly set upon the Rock, Christ
of Christianity is not an outward sign, not the wearing of a cross or a crown,
but it is that which reveals the union of man with God. By the power of His
grace manifested in the transformation of character the world is to be convinced
that God has sent His Son as its Redeemer. No other influence that can surround
the human soul has such power as the influence of an unselfish life. The strongest
argument in favor of the gospel is a loving and lovable Christian.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 216, 217.