The Truth in Jesus

But ye did not so learn Christ; if so be that ye heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus: that ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, which waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit .

— Eph. 4:20-22

Do not deter men with worthless explanations of Christianity, but attract them by your behavior, your doing of the Lord’s will, and they will draw nigh to behold how Christians love one another, how just they are; how their goods are the best, their prices most reasonable, their word most certain! That in their families is neither jealousy nor emulation! That mammon is not there worshipped, that in their homes selfishness is neither the hidden nor the openly ruling principle; that their children are as diligently taught to share as some are to save, that in no house of theirs is religion one thing, and the daily life another.

Some will say, “How then shall the world go on?”  The Lord’s world will go on, and that without such men; the devil’s world will go on, and that with them. Their objection is but proof of their unbelief. Either they do not believe the Lord—that if we seek first the kingdom of God, all things needful will be added to us; or what he undertakes does not satisfy them; they prefer the offers of Mammon. They would not live under such restrictions as the Lord might choose to lay upon them if he saw that something might be made of them precious in his sight!  They would inherit the world, and not by meekness. They say, “Christ has satisfied the law,” but they will not satisfy him! They say, “Lord I believe; help mine unbelief,” but when he says, “Leave everything behind you, and be as I am towards God,” they turn away, muttering about figurative language.