Classic and contemporary excerpts.

The cost of being a Christian

One who trusts in Christ alone [will] completely give up his idols, horoscopes and other such practices of his old life that go against Christ’s Lordship. When a true believer is made aware of any area of his life that is not yielded to Christ, he will yield it. When he is made aware of a Christian principle to be followed, he will follow it whatever the cost.

So when a new believer finds out that a follower of Christ should love his enemies, he will do so, even though that seems sheer folly in today’s society.

When he finds out that a follower of Christ cannot pay a bribe, he will stop paying bribes and pay dearly for it as far as his success in society is concerned. When he finds out that a follower of Christ treats both high and low caste people, both rich and poor people as equals, he will do so, however hard that may be for him.

—Ajith Fernando in The Christian’s

Attitude Toward World Religions

Our lives as books

There are people in the world around us who never open, who never read this Book. But they are reading us. Are they able to see God in our lives? Are they able to say of us to others, “That man”—or that woman—reminds me of Christ? Do we let our light so shine that men may see, not us, but our Father, our Savior in us; and glorify, not us, but our Father in heaven? This is the real test.

W. H. Griffith-Thomas in a sermon, “Knowing and Showing,” from Keswick’s

Authentic Voice

Doing instead of being

Busyness is the enemy of spirituality. It is essentially laziness. It is doing the easy thing instead of the hard thing. It is filling our time with our own actions instead of paying attention to God’s actions. It is taking charge.

—Eugene Peterson in The Door (Nov./Dec. ...

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