The Way of Holiness

When we arrive at a strange place, where the roads are all unfamiliar and we have not established our sense of direction, our first thought may be: Let us find someone who has traveled this way before. Then we inquire of him as to the road we should take, and by so doing our sense of bewilderment and ignorance is cleared away, we get our bearings and are able to go forward with confidence; we no longer fear that we shall take the wrong turning, which may lead us into danger or disaster. How happy we are when we find the one for whom we have been seeking, and how unquestioningly we follow the directions given us! We do not seek to improve on these directions, or to try side roads, however beautiful and alluring they may appear. We know that in order to reach our destination we must obey implicitly the directions of our guide, because he knows the quickest and safest way.

In our journey out of the material into the spiritual sense of existence we would do well to ponder more frequently those loving words of our Master, Christ Jesus, to the Apostle Thomas, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Definite words, indeed, and words which will repay our earnest, prayerful consideration!

What was the way our Master trod? Was it not the way of holiness, the way of strict obedience to the commandments of God? Was it not the way of loving, joyous self-sacrifice, the way of tender compassion and loving understanding of the needs of his fellow-men? Not once did he falter or fail to walk in this path; nor did he stray into the bypaths of material sense. Always before him lay the goal of bringing to a world blinded by sin and materiality the light of Truth, which alone could destroy the dark phantoms of sin, disease, and death. How faithful Jesus was in his work! Not once do we find in him any sense of rebellion at what must have seemed at times an almost impossible task, a task which he must undertake alone without any human aid. His great love for God and man gave him the strength, courage, and endurance to fulfill his God-appointed mission.

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February 4, 1928

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