The Larger Horizon of True Living

We are prompted to more thoughtful endeavor toward nobler living only as we awaken to its larger significance.

When Jesus said, "I have overcome the world," he spoke of the most splendid personal doing known to men or angels, for in these few words were gathered up all the unnamed temptation, the unseen heroism, the unmeasured agony and self-sacrifice of the most brave, most pure, and most true life ever lived. To his family, his immediate followers, and his race it had a scope and intensity of significance which none would venture to outline, and yet how meagre and inadequate would be our thought of the great Way-shower and his work, were we to consider his life apart from the larger context of this brief summary which he gives of it.

The extent of Jesus' life-achievement is vastly greater than the story and setting of his unique personality. Today, as in all the eighteen centuries and more since this declaration was made, men are finding in it the strength and inspiration to which they ascribe their victories, and the triumph of Jesus is chronicled again in all the spiritual overcomings which lie behind the goodness of personality, and greatness of deed which illumine the Christian world.

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