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LOYALTY TO CHRIST.pdf

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BY J. R. MILLER



LOYALTY to Christ begins
in the heart. We must love
him supremely. " He that
loveth father or mother
more than me is not worthy
of me; and he that loveth
son or daughter more than me is not worthy
of me." Nothing makes worthy discipleship if
love be lacking. In these days Christian activ-
ity is emphasized and required. Never was the
church of Christ as active as it is now. This
is beautiful. But with all our activity we may
fear lest we are not loving Christ as we
should.

BY J. R. MILLER



LOYALTY to Christ begins
in the heart. We must love
him supremely. " He that
loveth father or mother
more than me is not worthy
of me; and he that loveth
son or daughter more than me is not worthy
of me." Nothing makes worthy discipleship if
love be lacking. In these days Christian activ-
ity is emphasized and required. Never was the
church of Christ as active as it is now. This
is beautiful. But with all our activity we may
fear lest we are not loving Christ as we
should.

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LOYALTY TO CHRISTBY J. R. MILLER LOYALTY to Christ beginsin the heart. We must lovehim supremely. " He thatloveth father or mothermore than me is not worthyof me; and he that lovethson or daughter more than me is not worthyof me." Nothing makes worthy discipleship if love be lacking. In these days Christian activ-ity is emphasized and required. Never was thechurch of Christ as active as it is now. Thisis beautiful. But with all our activity we mayfear lest we are not loving Christ as weshould.In one of the epistles to the seven churchesJesus commends the church of Ephesus formany things — ^its works, its toil, its patienceand that it could not bear evil men. " But,"he adds, " I have this against thee, that thoudidst leave thy first love." With all its activ-[31]Cl^e Winn tiitity and self-sacrificing service, it did not lovehim as it used to do. Dr. G. Campbell Mor-gan tells of a friend of his who had a littledaughter that he dearly loved. They weregreat friends, the father and daughter, and
 
were alw^ays together. But there seemed tocome an estrangement on the child's part.The father could not get her company asformerly. She seemed to shun him. If hewanted her to walk with him, she had some-thing else to do. The father was grieved andcould not understand what the trouble was.His birthday came and in the morning hisdaughter came to his room, her face radiantwith love, and handed him a present. Openingthe parcel, he found a pair of exquisitelyworked slippers.The father said, " My child, it was verygood of you to buy me such lovely slippers."" O father," she said, " I did not buy them — I made them for you." Looking at her hesaid, " I think I understand now what longhas been a mystery to me. Is this what youhave been doing the last three months ? "[32]lotaltt to Ci^rtjst" Yes," she said, " but how did you know howlong I had been at work on them? " He said," Because for three months I have missedyour company and your love. I have wantedyou with me, but you have been too busy.These are beautiful slippers, but next timebuy your present and let me have you all thedays. I would rather have m.y child herself than anything she could make for me."We are in danger of being so busy In theLord's work that we cannot be enough withthe Lord in love's fellowship. He may say to
 
us, " I like your works, your toils, your ser-vice, but I miss the love you gave me atfirst." There is real danger that we get sobusy In striving to be active Christians, soabsorbed In our tasks and duties, our effortsto bring others Into the church, that Christhimself shall be less loved and shall miss ourcommuning with him. Loyalty means first of all heart devotion./ Has Christ really thehighest place In your heart ?^ It Is not yourwork he wants most — It Is you. It is beau-tiful to do things for him — it is still more[33]Ci^e WiUv Lifebeautiful to make a home for him in yourheart. A young man, at great cost, hasbrought from many countries the most beau-tiful materials he could find and has built asa memorial to his dead wife an exquisite littlechapel. Only a few men could do anything sorare, so lovely. But the poorest of us can en-throne our loved ones in our hearts, and thepoorest of us can please Christ even moreby making a little sanctuary in our heartsfor him.Then there must be loyalty of life. If therebe true, supreme love in the heart, thereshould be a shining character. Here again weneed to guard against devotion to the work and service of Christ while in the life theworld sees there are so many flaws and blem-ishes that the impression is not to the honorof Christ. He is very patient with our infirm-

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