The whole secret of progress is the doing of the thing we know. There is no other way of progress in the spiritual life; only as we do, can we know. Is there anything you will not leave for Christ? You cannot know him—and yet he is the Truth, the one thing alone that can be known! Do you not care to be imperfect? Would you rather keep this or that, with imperfection, than part with it to be perfect? You cannot know Christ, for the very principle of his life was the simple absolute relation of realities; his one idea was to be a perfect child to his Father. He who will not part with all for Christ, is not worthy of him, and cannot know him; how could he receive to his house a man who prefers something to his Father; a man who will strike a bargain with God, and say, “I will give up so much, if thou wilt spare me!” The man will have to be left to himself. He must find what it is to be without God!
To let their light shine, not to force on them their interpretations of God’s designs, is the duty of Christians towards their fellows. If those who set themselves to explain their theories of Christianity had set themselves instead to do the will of the Master, how different would now be the condition of that portion of the world with which they came into contact! In how many a heart would the name of the Lord be loved where now it remains unknown!