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"Be zealous."

If you would see souls converted, if you would
hear the cry that "the kingdoms of this world
have become the kingdoms of our Lord"; if you
would place crowns upon the head of the Savior,
and exalt His throne on high, then be filled
with zeal. For, under GOD, the way of the
world's conversion must be by the zeal of the
church. Every grace shall do exploits, but this
shall be first; prudence, knowledge, patience,
and courage will follow in their places; but
zeal must lead the train. It is not the extent
of your knowledge, though that is useful; it is
not the breadth of your talent, though that is
not to be despised; it is your zeal that shall
do great exploits. This zeal is the first fruit
of the Holy Spirit; it draws it vital force from
the continued workings of the Holy Ghost in the
soul. If our inner life diminish, if our hearts
beat slowly before GOD, we shall not know zeal;
but if all be strong and vigorous within, then
we cannot but feel a loving anxiety to see the
kingdom of Christ come, and His will be done on
earth, even as in heaven. A deep sense of grat-
itude will nourish Christian zeal. Looking
down into the hole of the pit from whence we
were rescued, we find abundant reason why we
should spend and be spent for GOD. And zeal
is stirred by the thought of the eternal future.
It looks with tearful eyes upon the flames of
hell, and it cannot slumber; it looks up with
anxious gaze to the glories of heaven; and so
must bestir itself. It knows that time is short
and yet there is much to be done; and devotes all
that it has to the cause of the Lord. And it is
ever encouraged by Christ's example. HE was
consumed with zeal as a burning bush. HE knew
no loitering by the way. Let us prove to be
His disciples by manifesting the same zeal!


Martin G. Smith

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