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BY J. R. MILLER




THE words of Christ are not
like other men's words. He
says they are spirit and
life. In one of his parables
he speaks of his words as
seeds. We know what seeds
are. You may have in your hand a handful
of gems — pearls, diamonds, or other pre-
cious stones. They are brilliant and beauti-
ful. They are rare and of great value. You
hold a fortune in your hand. But these are
only little stones. They have no life in them.
You may plant them in your garden, but
they will not grow, and you will not gather
any harvest from them.
BY J. R. MILLER




THE words of Christ are not
like other men's words. He
says they are spirit and
life. In one of his parables
he speaks of his words as
seeds. We know what seeds
are. You may have in your hand a handful
of gems — pearls, diamonds, or other pre-
cious stones. They are brilliant and beauti-
ful. They are rare and of great value. You
hold a fortune in your hand. But these are
only little stones. They have no life in them.
You may plant them in your garden, but
they will not grow, and you will not gather
any harvest from them.

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WORDS OF LIFEBY J. R. MILLER THE words of Christ are notlike other men's words. Hesays they are spirit andlife. In one of his parableshe speaks of his words asseeds. We know what seedsare. You may have in your hand a handfulof gems — pearls, diamonds, or other pre-cious stones. They are brilliant and beauti-ful. They are rare and of great value. Youhold a fortune in your hand. But these areonly little stones. They have no life in them.You may plant them in your garden, butthey will not grow, and you will not gatherany harvest from them.Then you may take up a handful of seeds — flower-seeds, grain-seeds, seeds of trees. Theyhave no brightness, do not shine, cannot besold for ornaments. But they have secrets of life in them. Scatter them in your garden,[ 203 ]C]^e Wihtt tiftdrop them in your window-box, or plantthem in the fields, and they will grow.Christ's words are seeds. They are differentfrom other men's sayings. These may be elo-
 
quent, brilliant, wise, sparkling with beauty — gems of literature, but they have no lifein them. They do not make the world anybetter. But the words of Christ are life. Plantthem and you will have regenerated lives,sweet homes, grace and beauty in char-acter.It is related that when Thorwaldsen carriedback from Italy the wonderful pieces of stat-uary which he had carved in that sunny land,the stones were wrapped in straw. They wereunwrapped in the artist's garden, and thestraw was scattered all about the place. Nextsummer, when the warm rains came, theregrew up everywhere countless multitudes of flowers that never had grown there before.The seeds had been in the straw that waswrapped about the pieces of marble, and nowin far-north Denmark, Italian flowers grewin great profusion and beauty.[204]Wotn^ of lifeThe Bible is the word of God. It comes to usfrom heaven. It bears in itself heavenly seeds,seeds of the plants and trees that grow in theheavenly fields and gardens. Then, whereverthe Bible is read it scatters these holy seeds,and soon the heavenly flowers and fruits arefound growing on earthly soil. No other book has such power to transform and beautifylives as has the Bible. You may study thebest literature, the finest poetry, the noblestphilosophy ; it will make you intelligent, cul-
 
tured, learned, but it does not make yougood ; it does not put into your heart heaven-ly qualities ; it does not make you loving, un-selfish, kind, gentle; it does not send youforth to minister to others in need. But thosewho study the word of God daily, continu-ously, reverently, prayerfully, and meditateon its teachings, are transformed in charac-ter. The words that Jesus spoke are spiritand are life.One of the Psalms gives us a wonderful pic-ture of the effects wrought by the word of God. It finds the soul marred, stained, hurt,[ 205 ]m^t wmv lifeand restores It unto the beauty of God. Itmakes the simple wise. It puts joy into theheart. It enHghtehs the eyes. It Is more pre-cious than finest gold. It Is sweeter thanthe droppings of the honeycomb. It warnsagainst dangers. There Is great reward Inobeying It.The Bible Is the most wonderful of all books.All we know about God we learn from It. Yetsome people seem almost ashamed to confessthat they read this great book at all, as If itwere an Indication of weakness of mind. Theyare not ashamed to be caught reading Shake-speare, or Tennyson, or Bacon, or even anoff -color novel. But they do not like any oneto see them with a Bible in their hands. Theywant to be considered wise in science, along

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