“Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; yes, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of your commandments; for therein do I delight.” Psalm 119:33-35.
We ask you, “How stands your character in the sight of God today? Are you preparing your souls for the grand review, that you may have the white robe of character in that day?” You cannot afford to indulge in sin and iniquity. You cannot afford to be found a transgressor of God’s great moral rule of righteousness….
The God of heaven has given us reasoning powers and intellect, and He wants us to use them. He has given us this body that He wishes us to preserve in perfect health so that we can give Him perfect service. The Lord God is an ever-present witness to the deeds of wickedness done among the children of men upon this earth. How does He look upon men and women for whom He has paid an infinite price, but who refuse to obey His laws? …
We cannot wait until the judgment before we consent to deny ourselves and to lift the cross. We cannot then form characters for heaven. It is here in this life that we must take sides with the humble, self-denying Redeemer. It is here that we must overcome envy, strife, selfishness, love of money, and love of the world. It is here that we must enter the school of Christ, and learn of the Master the precious lessons of meekness and lowliness of mind. And here it must be our aim and earnest effort to be loyal and true to the God of heaven by obeying all of His commandments and thus befitting up for the mansions that Christ has gone to prepare for all who love God. –The Upward Look, p. 192.
Question to think about:
Is it here in this life that we must take sides with the humble, self-denying Redeemer?
Is it here that we must overcome envy, strife, selfishness, love of money, and love of the world?
Is it here that we must enter the school of Christ, and learn of the Master the precious lessons of meekness and lowliness of mind?