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For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith.

[Gal 3:26 NET]

There is a great deal of struggling for honor and place in this world. Men think if they can get a few million dollars they have reached distinction. Or they think if they can get a high office they have won one of earth’s best prizes.

There are some also who spend their life in trying to get recognition in society. How pitiful all this must appear to those who look down from heaven upon this earth!

Paul shows us here what is really the highest rank to which man can attain. He says, “Ye are all sons of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus.” To be a son of God is immeasurably higher than being in the most aristocratic circles. To be an heir of God is to be infinitely richer than to be the owner of millions.

When the disciples asked who was greatest, they were thinking only of earthly standards. To be like a little child is to be great. To serve others is the heavenliest occupation to which anyone can out his hands. To be Christ–like is glory.

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If I must boast, I will boast about the things that show my weakness.

[2 Cor 11:30 NET]

The patriot soldier’s best credentials are his wounds and scars. They are not disfigurements of which he is ashamed, but marks of honor, of which he is proud.

An English soldier referred to his scars as his decorations. Paul speaks of his sufferings and persecutions and of the losses and trials he had endured as a minister as the credentials of his service, and as marks of honor and distinction. He even glories in them. “If I must need glory, I will glory of the things that concern my weakness.”

In another of his epistles Paul speaks of these memorials of suffering and endurance as “marks of Jesus,” which he bore branded on his body.

We are not at all accustomed to think in this way of the costs of our Christian discipleship. We are apt to complain of the things we have to suffer.

But if we suffer for Christ, we may count ourselves honoured. Jesus said, “Blessed are ye when men shall… persecute you.”

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So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please him.

[2 Cor 5:9 NET]

The Christian should always be a worker for his Master.

“We are ambassadors therefore on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us.” The mission of every one who believes and is saved is to be a winner of other souls. Our life itself should be a gospel of divine grace, so full of love that every one who comes under our influence, even casually, shall hear a silent message, pleading, “Be ye reconciled to God.”

The life must always be such an ambassador, first, before we speak a word. The most eloquent pleading will have no effect in winning others to Christ unless the love of Christ be first shown in our life.

“God loves you and I love you,” is the only evangel that will reach our hearts. You cannot kindle fire with ice. A selfish man cannot preach a gospel of love to others. The love of God, which we declare, must be interpreted in human love, which we show in our own eager interest in others.

We must bear the cross in our own life, or we need not talk about the cross on Calvary.

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So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.

[1 Cor 10:31 NET]

Nothing in life is left out – “whatsoever ye do.” It extends even to eating and drinking. We are to do all things to the glory of God. This means that we must do everything in a way that will please Him.

To eat to the glory of God is to recognize Him as the Giver of our daily bread, to seek His blessing on it, to eat according to the divine laws, eating to be ready for the best service, and then to use all our strength in doing the work, which God gives us to do.

One who eats self–indulgently or gluttonously, or who eats food that is injurious to his health, or who does not use the strength he derives from his food in living obediently, is not glorifying God.

In all our life, in everything we do, we are to think of what will honor God. We are to seek first His kingdom and righteousness, which includes the law of love – the things that will bless those about us.

Selfishness never glorifies God, but He is always pleased with the love that seeketh not its own.

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But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we preach),

[Rom 10:8 NET]

Many people never find what they seek, because they do not seek it where it is. They travel far to look for something, which is waiting at their very feet.

They want to find Christ in their needs and heart–hungers, and they strain their eyes looking for Him in the heavens, while all the time He is close to them, closer than the air. “Say not in thy heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down)… The word is nigh thee.” Always Christ is nigh, and we never need to look for Him far off.

A monk was praying for a vision of Christ. A little child came to his door and cried for help, but the monk had no time for the child – he was watching for the vision, which did not appear. At the close of the day he learned that Christ came in the little child, called, sobbed, was refused, and went away.

We should look close to ourselves always for the thing we seek. We need only to listen any moment to hear the voice we want to hear.

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And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose,

[Rom 8:28 NET]

People often ask how there can be good in everything.

Here is the answer. “We know that to them that love God, all things will work together so as to bring good to us.

It may not seem that this or that particular experience can yield good. But God is able to combine this seemingly harmful thing with other things, and from the combination bring good. The selling of Joseph by his brothers was a black crime, and an observer would have said the evil never could be turned to good. Yet we know the sequel. “The Lord meant it for good.”

A lady showed Mr. Ruskin a handkerchief on which some careless person had dropped a drop of ink. Mr. Ruskin took the handkerchief away and returned it in a few days with an India ink engraving on it, using the ugly blot as the basis of the design.

So God will take the blots in our lives and change them into beauty, if only we love Him and are faithful.

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First of all, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the whole world.

[Rom 1:8 NET]

Paul was a model pastor.

To begin with, he was unalterably devoted to Christ. Then he loved people with a love that was wondrously like the love of Christ. Here he thanks God for the friends to whom he is writing, especially for their faith. Then he appeals to God to witness to the sincerity of his interest in them, which led him unceasingly to make mention of them in his prayers.

The prayer which at that time was in his heart was that he might be prospered in his desire to get them at Rome. He longed to see them. The reason he thus so wished to see them shows a most lofty spiritual motive.

His desire was purely unselfish – “that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift.” Here we have a high ideal for all friendship.

We should always want to do our friends good. Every time we meet them we should wish to do something for them – to give them some cheer, some comfort, to put a little new courage into their hearts.