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Great in -God's Sight.pdf

Great in -God's Sight.pdf

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BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.


Few men have had higher honor than that
which was conferred upon John the Baptist, in
Christ's estimate of him. " Among them that
are born of woman there hath not arisen a
greater than John the Baptist," were the strong
words that fell from the lips of the Master.
It was a great thing to have our Lord speak such
praise. He knew what was in men, and he
never spoke an insincere word.
BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.


Few men have had higher honor than that
which was conferred upon John the Baptist, in
Christ's estimate of him. " Among them that
are born of woman there hath not arisen a
greater than John the Baptist," were the strong
words that fell from the lips of the Master.
It was a great thing to have our Lord speak such
praise. He knew what was in men, and he
never spoke an insincere word.

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Great in -God's Sight.
BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.
Earth needs the true.The soul whose loyal purpose is its king,Whose every thought like solid gold doth ring,Whose diamond purity shows not a flaw,Whose liberty exults in serving law,Which knows no yoke of servile hope or fear,In which no sordid greed doth e'er appear,Which is not warped by vanity or pride,Which, loving God, seeks no reward beside.To show God's mind, earth needs the true.Llewellyn J. Evans.Few men have had higher honor than thatwhich was conferred upon John the Baptist, inChrist's estimate of him. " Among them thatare born of woman there hath not arisen agreater than John the Baptist," were the strongwords that fell from the lips of the Master.It was a great thing to have our Lord speak suchpraise. He knew what was in men, and henever spoke an insincere word. Human esti-mates of greatness are ofttimes defective, some-times false. Men see only the outward appear-109Life's Byways and Waysidesance. Many people are not so great as theyseem to be. They practice tricks which de-ceive the world. They pass for great while
 
in reality they are very small. Strip off theirgaudy tinsel, and but little would be left.Other people, however, are greater than theyseem. They lack the popular qualities whichattract attention and win applause. Yet theyare great in their souls — great in intellectualqualities, in heart power, in the elements of true manhood, in moral strength. But there isan eye that sees all things as they are. Itpierces all thin disguises, penetrates to the coreof things, and discerns the poor shrivelled soulthat is hidden beneath the external glitter. Onthe other hand, it sees in the lowly life, whichgets but little praise of men, whose outer formis homely and plain, the true worth, the quali-ties which are excellent, the character whichbears the marks of divinity.It is well that we sometimes stop to think how we appear to God — what God thinks of us.Goethe says : " There is something in everyman's heart, which, if we could know, wouldmake us hate him." Perhaps this is true, butit is true also that there is something in everyman, in even the most repulsive man, which, if we could know, would make us love him. AsnoGreat in God's SightGod sees us, we are both worse and better thanwe seem to any other eyes in all the world.He sees the hidden faults and the secret stains ;he sees also the feeble yearnings which at lengthwill be splendid spiritual qualities.
 
The artist's picture is born in his brain. Atfirst it is only a vision, but by and by it standson the canvas and thousands admire it. Thereare in every true heart noble dreams of beauti-ful character — only dreams yet, faint visions,shadowy aspirations and longings. These willall at length be realized, and will stand on thecanvas of the life as attainments. I love tothink of this side of the lives of my fellows — not the poor, stained fragments of being whichmy eyes now see, but what they will be whenGod's work of grace in them is finished. Weare all greater in the possibilities of our livesthan we dream of.What were some of the elements in Johnwhich led Jesus to speak this wonderful com-mendation of him ? It is well that we shouldknow, for a character so highly praised of theChrist we may well study as a pattern for ourimitation.John was great in his birth. A singular gloryhung over his cradle. An angel came to thegood priest as he ministered at the altar, an-iiiLife's Byways and Waysidesnouncing to him that a child should be born inhis home, whom he should call John, who shouldbring to his father joy and gladness. " Heshall be great in the sight of the Lord," saidthe angel. But few men have been thus honoredbefore their birth by angelic pre-announcementof their greatness.

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