Spiritual Leadership

The world cherishes with greatest care some painting or single example of a sculptor's work, yet greater than the work is the doer of it. "He who hath builded the house hath more honor than the house." The artist, sculptor, or writer is famous because of some picture or carving or story which men value, but there was one whose plastic material was men. He did not give form to marble, but transformed men so that he could reply to an inquirer, "Tell . . . what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached." If the thought of Phidias or Michael Angelo or Homer seems wonderful, how much more admirable, joy-giving, lovable, is the thought of Christ Jesus, which brings sufferers into health and the poor into mental enrichment. Of him it has been well said in prophecy,—

I have given him for a witness to the people,A leader and commander to the people.

The Illusion of Fear
December 10, 1904

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