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The Perfect Ideal of Life

The Perfect Ideal of Life

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tional divine and preacher, was born in
Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England, in 1863 John viii., 28-30.
tional divine and preacher, was born in
Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England, in 1863 John viii., 28-30.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Aug 24, 2011
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MORGATHE PERFECT IDEAL OF LIFEBIOGRAPHICAL OTEGEORGE CAMPBELL MORGA, Congrega-tional divine and preacher, was born inTetbury, Gloucestershire, England, in 1863,and was educated at the Douglas School,Cheltenham. He worked as a lay-missionpreacher for the two years ending 1888,and was ordained to the ministry in thefollowing year, when he took charge of the Congregational Church at Stones,Staffordshire. After occupying the pulpitin several pastorates, in 1904 he becamepastor of the Westminster CongregationalChapel, Buckingham Gate, London, aposition which he still occupies. Besidesbeing highly successful as a pulpit orator,Dr. Morgan has published many works of a religious character, among which maybe enumerated: "Discipleship"; "TheHidden Years of azareth"; "Life'sProblems"; "The Ten Commandments."His last work, "The Christ of To-day,"has passed through several editions.MORGABorn in 1863THE PERFECT IDEAL OF LIFEJesus therefore said, When ye have lifted up the sonof man, then shall ye Icnow that I am he, and thatI do nothing of myself, but as the Father taught me,I speak these things. And he that sent me is with
me; he hath not left me alone; for I do always thethings that are pleasing to him. As he spalce thesethings, many believed on him. John viii., 28-30.THE Master, you will see, in this verselays before us three things. First of all, He gives us the perfect ideal of human life in a short phrase, and that comesat the end, "the things that please him."Those are the things that create perfect humanlife, living in the realm of which man realizesperfectly all the possibilities of his wondrousbeing "the things that please him." So Isay, in this phrase, the Master reveals to usthe perfect ideal of our lives. Then, in thesecond place, the Master lays claim one of the most stupendous claims that He ever madethat He utterly, absolutely, realizes thatideal. He says, "I do always the things thatplease him." And then, thirdly, we have therevelation of the secret by which He has been189THE WORLD'S GREAT SERMOSable to realize the ideal, to make the abstractconcrete, to bring down the fair vision of divine purpose to the level of actual humanlife and experience, and the secret is declaredin the opening words: "He that sent me iswith me ; my Father hath not left me alone. ' 'The perfect ideal for my life, then, is thatI live always in the realm of the things thatplease God ; and the secret by which I may doso is here unfolded by living in perpetual,unbroken communion with God: communionwith which I do not permit anything to inter-fere. Then it shall be possible for me to pass
into this high realm of actual realization.It is important that we should remind our-selves in a few sentences that the Lord hasindeed stated the highest possible ideal forhuman life in these words : ' ' The things thatplease him." Oh, the godlessness of men!The godlessness that is to be found on everyhand ! The godlessness of the men and womenthat are called by the name of God! Howtragic, how sad, how awful it is ! because god-lessness is always not merely an act of rebel-lion against God, but a falling short in ourown lives of their highest and most gloriouspossibilities.Here is my life. ow, the highest realm forme is the realm where all my thoughts, andall my deeds, and all my methods, and every-thing in my life please God. That is thehighest realm, because God only knows what190MORGAI am; only perfectly understands the possi-bilities of my nature, and all the great reachesof my being. You remember those lines thatTennyson sang very beautifully, I alwaysthink :Flower in the crannied wall,I pluck you out of the crannies;Hold you here, root and all, in my hand,Little Flower but if I could understand

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