Signs of the Times

[Editorial in the Church Visitor, Dallas, Wisconsin]

All noble life begins with sacrifice. To gain the higher, the lower must be given up. We must get out of our own country before we can get into God's country. We can have the better only by giving up the less valuable. God calls us all to leave the old, in order to enter the new. It may not be literally to leave country, kindred, and home, and go out into a strange land; but in a spiritual sense it always is just this. We can get to our land of promise only by leaving all, and following where Christ leads. This means that we must give up this world as our portion, and take the heavenly inheritance instead; we cannot keep both. The rich man who came to Christ [Jesus] could not sacrifice his earthly possessions, and therefore could not get the heavenly riches.

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January 10, 1931

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