At All Times, A Christian

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me… – Galatians 2:20

A true Christian cannot shake off his character. He is really what he is: he always must be a Christian. I heard the other day of a certain Scotch moderate minister, who being much provoked by a person in his parish, said, “If I were not a minister, I would give you a sound thrashing, sir;” and when he was further irritated, he took off his coat and said, “There is the minister-there he lies “-he was then in his shirt sleeves-“there is the minister, and I am only So-and-so, and will give you your due,” and proceeded at once to give the man a sound thrashing. It is just possible the man may have deserved it, that is not to my point; but if a man can say, “There lies the minister,” or, when you take off your cloth coat to-night, if you can say, “There lies the member of the Church:” If you, good women, when you get off your gowns, can say, as you hang up your best attire in the wardrobe, “There goes the Christian,” then you have no religion at all, you have none whatever worth having; you have the faith of devils that will damn you, but not the faith of Christians that will save you. It is not a religious coat, but a renewed heart: I pray you keep this at all times on your mind, “Now I am accepted; now I am saved: how can such a man as I do such a thing? ‘How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?'” Mordecai once wore the king’s robe, but he soon put it off, because he was not really a king; and thus do many act who wear the garb of religion in the house of God but cast it off when they go home. When Lord Burleigh, Queen Elizabeth’s councillor, reached his home, he was so little pleased with the cares of state, that taking off his robe, he threw it down, saying, “Lay there, Lord Chancellor.” Ah! how irksome must some men’s religion be to them, and how cheerfully would they lay aside its restraints! but you, who are really the Lord’s, will, I trust, feel your faith to be your constant help, and your profession your perpetual honor. You will not, you cannot, sin, because you are born of God. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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