Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Learn from His example

But, in addition to profiting by our Lord’s instruction, the Christian learns wisdom through his Master’s example. “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?” How shall I be made wise in action? Policy says, “Adopt this expedient and the other;” and the mass of mankind at this age are guided by the policy of the hour; but policy is seeming wisdom and real folly.

Remember it is always wisest to act in any condition as Jesus would have acted, supposing him to have been in that condition. Never did he temporise. Principle guided him, not fashion nor personal advantage. You shall never be a fool if you follow Christ, except in the estimation of fools; and who wishes to be wise in a fool’s esteem? But sometimes it may be said: “To do as Christ would have done would involve me in present difficulty or loss.” It is true; but there is no man that loseth aught in this life for Christ’s sake who shall remain a loser, for he shall receive tenfold in this life, and in the world to come life everlasting. The wisest action is not always the most pecuniarily profitable. It is wise sometimes for men to be poor, ay, even to lose their lives. Truest wisdom — not sham wisdom, not temporary wisdom — you shall manifest by following the example of Christ, though it lead you to prison or to death. His teachings and his example, together, will give you the wisdom which cometh from above.

From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "The Fourfold Treasure," delivered April 27, 1871. Image by m. prinke under Creative Commons License.

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