Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bright Rays and Reviving Showers

To glorify God, by doing good to men is the great end of the present life; and it is only as we keep the eye on this object, that we answer the design of God in our creation and salvation. The Lord has formed us for himself, that we may show forth his praise. God aims at our welfare in connection with his own honor, in all that he does; and in proportion as we are taught by his Spirit, influenced by his love, and ruled by his word we shall do the same. Self must be dethroned that Jehovah may be exalted. Selfishness must be crucified that benevolence may be displayed. God must be imitated in his moral perfections if we would prove our relationship to him, and union with him.

"Be therefore merciful as your Father also is merciful." Thus spoke Jesus to his beloved disciples. "Be imitators of God as dear children," is Paul's exhortation to his brethren at Ephesus. And thus we are exhorted by the Holy Spirit, through him. To bring souls to Christ is of immense importance, and to stir up believers to assist in doing so, is only second in importance to it: and such is the aim and object of this book.

Yes, to glorify God by bringing souls to Christ, and to stir up believers to engage in this great work, is the object we have in view. Reader, we wish to render you holy and happy; and this can only be done by leading you to receive Christ as your Savior, and then engaging you heartily and constantly in his cause. It is only in doing good  that we expect to get good; and it is only as we aim at God's glory in all that we do  that we can benefit the souls of others, or secure solid happiness to ourselves.

In this work you will find: variety and yet harmony; law as well as gospel; works as well as faith; love as well as light; bright beams as well as dark clouds.  We wish to awaken conscience, to arouse the affections, to lead to the Savior,  to consecrate to God, to engage in his service for his praise.  Time flies! Death is working in us! And eternity is just before us! Let us, therefore, work while we have the opportunity, as it will soon be gone forever.

[James Smith]

1 Corinthians 9:19 ... For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

Proverbs 11:30 ... The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Matthew 28:19 ... Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:❤