‘A Christian’ (1 Peter 4:16)
A CHRISTIAN wears the name, possesses the nature, breathes the spirit, lives the life, and devotes them self entirely to the glory of Jesus. All Christ has is theirs, all Christ has done was for them, and all Christ has promised they may expect.
Are you a Christian? Is the matter doubtful? Does Jesus live in you? Are you living by faith upon Him? Is He your daily bread? Do you find that you could as well live without food, as without Jesus? This is definite evidence. This is the certain effect of the Spirit’s work.
If you are a Christian, you pant, pray, and strive to be Christ-like; to bear in your body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus may also be made manifest in your mortal body. You put off the ‘old man’ which is corrupt, and put on the ‘new man’ which is created in righteousness and true holiness. You may live in newness of life, as one raised from the dead; exhibiting the effects of His death in deadness to the world, love to immortal souls, bearing testimony to the truth, and looking for, and speeding, the coming Day of the Lord.
Father, in me reveal thy Son,
And in my inmost soul make known.
How merciful Thou art
The secret of Thy love reveal,
And by Thine hallowing Spirit dwell
Forever in my heart.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘The thoughts of my bereavement [the death of James Smith’s young child] are very painful, may I be enabled to improve it. It calls me to be diligent in the Lord’s ways:
And to be ready for the Lord’s coming. The voice that speaks from her coffin and her grave says, “Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh” …’ [continued tomorrow]