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Loins Girded and Lights Burning.

Loins Girded and Lights Burning.

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BY ADAM HAWORTH


"Let your loins be girded aboutK, and your lights burn
ing; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait
for their lord." (Luke xii. 35, 36).
BY ADAM HAWORTH


"Let your loins be girded aboutK, and your lights burn
ing; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait
for their lord." (Luke xii. 35, 36).

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LOIS GIRDED AD LIGHTS BURIG.BY ADAM HAWORTH"Let your loins be girded aboutK, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that waitfor their lord." (Luke xii. 35, 36).MA is created for eternal happiness inheaven, and is placed on earth for atime that he may prepare for this happiness.He is to prepare by attaining to the character of the inhabitants of heaven, who are angels, or just.men made perfect. Life and death are setbefore him, and he is exhorted to choose life,that both he and his seed may live (DeutXXX. 19). This life is heavenly life, which islove to God and man, or is righteousness andtrue holiness. If he will not choose this life,he can go the way of death, which is his statewhen he is ^^ dead in trespasses and sins."This way leads to all unhappiness.Man is also to be in a state of readiness tobe called away at any time for his heavenlyinheritance. He is not to know the time Cit[TRACT'SEBMOS.—O. p. J ^^LOIS GIRDED AD LIGHTS BURIG.his removal from the earth. He is ever to bein a state of watchfulness. He is to havehis loins girded about, and his lights burning,and be as a servant waiting for his lord, thatso, when his lord cometh and knocketh, hemay open to him immediately.
 
This image of a watchful servant, to re-present the practical Christian, is interesting.He is to be as a servant having charge of ahouse intended to be the Saviour's dwelling-place. True, the Lord dwells in heaven, butHe must also dwell in the heart and mind of man to establish there His kingdom, beforeman can dwell in heaven after death. Weread in Isaiah, " I dwell in the high and holyplace, with him also that is of a contrite andhumble spirit" (Ivii. 15). Again, in the Revela-tions, " Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:if any man hear My voice, and open the door,I will come in to him, and will sup with him,and he with Me " (iii. 20). Also in John, " If a man love Me, he will keep My words: andMy Father will love him, and we will comeunto him, and make our abode with him"(xiv. 23). It is plain from these passages66LOIS GIRDED AD LIGHTS BURIG.that the Lord is to dwell in the heart andmind of man. He can dwell where there iscontrition and humility, because in such astate man's evils are subdued. These evils inman are the ** foes of his own household ; " andbefore they are subdued or removed, the Lordstands at the door for admission. He, in the
 
teachings of His Word, is present in man smemory, ever admonishing and exhorting himto put away his evils, and receive and obeythe truth. If man hears and obeys, he opensthe door of his mind, and the Lord, in theinfluences of His Spirit, enters therein, andmakes it the place of His abode. He thusconjoins man with Himself, preparatory to thetime when He will come and take him from theearth, to dwell eternally with Him in heaven.To receive the Saviour in both these ways,man is to have his loins girded, and his lightsburning. The loins here mentioned refer tothe affections of the heart of man, and lightsto the principles in his understanding. Loinsthus girded indicate, as understood literally,that man is a traveller, or is intent on somekind of business ; and the Christiatv is s^i^vtv-^1

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