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You have only just begun!

(J.R. Miller, “Intimate Letters on Personal Problems” 1914)

Dear friend,

You say that you cannot live up to the things you read in the Bible and in Christian books. I know of no one who can do so. The Bible sets before us very lofty ideals–so lofty that we cannot reach them in a day or a month or in twenty-five years. So long as you may live, and if you spend every year in striving toward the best things–you will still find that you have not fully attained them.

Paul was a great deal better Christian than most of us, and he said, when he was quite an old man, that he was not yet perfect–but was still striving after the things which he wished to attain. We never measure up to our ideals. We never are so holy any day, as we intend to be in the morning when we set out.

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He had to borrow whatever He needed!

(John MacDuff, “Heavenly Aspirations”)
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich–yet for your sakes He became poor–that you through His poverty, might be rich!” 2 Corinthians 8:9

When our Lord dwelt among men, so extreme was His poverty–that He had nothing which He could call His own! If we follow Him through the whole of His memorable career, we shall find that He had to borrow whatever He needed!

Did He ride in solemn state, amid the acclamations of the people, to the Jewish capital? The humble beast on which He was mounted was not His own–but belonged to another.

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