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Christian Living.

Christian Living.

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BY HENRY WARD BEECHER



Lesson : Rom. xii.

" I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that
ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto &od,
which is your reasonable service."
BY HENRY WARD BEECHER



Lesson : Rom. xii.

" I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that
ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto &od,
which is your reasonable service."

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Christian Living. BY HERY WARD BEECHER Lesson : Rom. xii. " I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto &od, which is your reasonable service." A sacrifice, in the Jews' estimation was tlie highest act of devotion. Sacrifice was a familiar term with them, being a part of their accustomed and daily life. "And be not conformed to this world ; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." In Philippians he says : " Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report ; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." When we are not conformed to this world, but are trans- formed by the renewing of our minds, we are not to be con- formed to selfishness, and pride, and frivolity, and all manner of wallowing passions ; we are to be conformed only to the things which the world has found out to be good. It is not only right to be conformed to these, but the .explicit com- mand is : " Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among 70U, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to
 
think ; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." The standard on which we are to measure ourselves, then. 198 CHBISTIA LIVIG. is not our physical strength, or beauty ; it is not onr apti- tude for business ; the true measure of manhood is the possession of higher moral qualities. According as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith, let him think of himself ; — and by that rule we mostly should think very little of ourselves ! " For as we have many members in one body in Christ, and all members have not the same office : so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith." Here prophecy does not mean foretelling, but instructing. The prophets were teachers, mainly, and they revealed the future only incidentally and occasionally. Their main office was instruction ; and propheci/ in the ew Testament very largely means teaching of the higher grade — the teaching which comes from inspiration. " Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering ; or he that teacheth [catechetically], on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation." That is, let every man be contented to develop his life along the line of those qualities and faculties in which he excels. Do not be coveting each other's gifts. Do not refuse to do a humble thing because you cannot do a higher thing. Take that capacity which is in you, high, middle or low, and use it ; and as the Apostle proceeds to show, it is more than
 
necessary that you should do right with it. The quality of being right is important, and the quality of the right thing done is important. " He that giveth, let him give with simplicity." It is not enough to give. Griving must be done un- affectedly, naturally, easily, pleasantly ; not in a puffed- up, arrogant and patronizing manner ; not with a pompous complacency. Let him that gives do it Just as quietly and naturally as he would talk. Anybody that has ever had to collect money for charitable purposes knows the difference between kind giving and giving with selfishness. Some people give ; but they are always like a pump that is run down, and you have to work for an hour before you can CHRISTIA LIVIG. -\ 99 catcli the water ; and tlien you get but little out of tliem. Some give ; but they give only after a long argument to show how poor they are. Others give, and do it in a very showy way, so as to make the recipient feel as if he had received a great favor. But now and then you find a j)er- son who in giving to you makes you really happy. He gives promptly and sweetly ; and you almost feel as though you had done Mm a favor. That is Christian giving. " He that worketh, with diligence." A slack administration is contrary to Christian morality. " He that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness." Some persons run at you like a dog with his mouth open ; and they think that they have shown you mercy because at last they turn away and do not bite you. But mercy is to be beautiful and gracious. It is to be bestowed not surlily but with cheerfulness.

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