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"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me,
the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than
these shall he do." — John 14 : 12.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me,
the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than
these shall he do." — John 14 : 12.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jan 10, 2013
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"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me,the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works thanthese shall he do." — John 14 : 12.In Christ's brief parable concerning themerchantman seeking goodly pearls, thegreat Teacher does not sj)ecify exactly what*'the pearl of great price" represents. Hehas been generally understood, however, torefer to the inestimable value of personalsalvation. This somewhat vague and oftenmisunderstood term is a sufficient descrip-tion of the "pearl" only when we under-stand by the term all that Jesus evidentlymeant to convey by its use.Personal salvation, according to Jesus,is personal development for service. It in-cludes, therefore, all those processes of ed-ucation and of discipline and of exercisewhich help in the creation of character andof efficiency. The chief value of personalsalvation thus defined lies not in what mayresult to the saved man himself, but in whatthrough his salvation must result to others.[159]EFFICIENT RELIGIONIf this "jewel" be kept hidden in its indi-
vidual case it may, indeed, give a certainsatisfaction to the owner of a miserly dis-position, but the real value of the "jewel"consists in its power to beautify and toadorn. If the saved man would make his** jewel" really valuable, he must wear it con-tinually. He must use his "jewel" in sucha way as to make himself more attractiveto others, more attractive and so more win-some and more serviceable.In the discussion of the values of theChristian religion we have come at the verylast to the consideration of that value whichof them all is the most priceless. We areto think now not of any personal satisfac-tion which may and must come to him whoembraces the religion of Jesus, but of thepersonal power that must be his. Health,forgiveness, strength, joy, consolation, andpeace — these are all pearls of value, andit would be worth one's while to try to be aChristian just for these and the like per-sonal satisfactions. But "the pearl of great price" is nothing less than the personal[160]ACHIEVING POWERpower of the Christian, which is to be esti-mated not at all in terms of his own satis-faction, but always in terms of his servicefor others.The power of the Christian life is derivedfrom two sources. It comes in part fromthe energizing of one's own resident butlatent forces, and in part from the superhu-
man force which is the result of the unionof the Christian with the omnipotent powerof God.In the first place, the Christian religionfurnishes the dynamic of latent, unused hu-man forces. Our best method of approachto the understanding of this truth is by wayof illustration.In the early morning after the terribledisaster which destroyed so gre^t a part of the city of San Francisco, a man was rush-ing frantically about in the vicinity of hisdevastated home. He was searching amongthe debris for his missing child. Suddenlyhe stopped and put his hand to his ear. Hehad heard a faint cry coming to him frombeneath a pile of torn lumber, overthrown[ 161 ]EFFICIENT RELIGIONbricks, and shattered mortar. A momentlater the man was feverishly throwing asidethe heavy pieces of refuse, digging downin the direction of the summoning cry forhelp. Soon he came to a heavy beam."Wait a minute!" sang out an approach-ing officer; "You cannot hft that alone."But the man did not wait. Before the of-ficer could reach him he bent his puny backto the apparently impossible task, and theheavy weight moved. The imprisoned childcrawled out to safety. And the man, withhis dear one clasped in his arms, sank do\\Tiupon the mass of debris and sobbed his

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