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ure in denying himself for God's sake.



spends his happiest


this is actually the

in sincere self-denial



never alone, but always with Jesus, whom he follows. Then he realizes the holiness and transcendent glory of the claim then he


any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his and follow Me." But while the blessedness of his former self-denials is still fresh in his memory, when called to a new act of the same nature he shrinks from it and finds it almost impossible. Self-denial extends " If


Its depths can not be fathomed. When the plummet has far. descended the whole length of the line, there is still such a yawning depth beneath that actually the bottom is never touched. It reIt embraces our entire fers, not to a few things, but to all things. life and existence, with all that is in us, of us, and around us; our entire environment, reputation, position, influence, and possession;


includes all the ties of blood and affection that bind us to wife and children, parents and brothers, friends and associates; all our past, present, and future; all our gifts, talents, and endowment; all the ramifications and extensions of our outward and inward life; the rich life of the soul and the tenderest emotions of our holier impulses our conflict and our strife our faith, hope, and love yea, our inheritance in the Son, our place in the mansions above, and the crown which the righteous Judge shall one day give us; and as such, in that entire scope of life, we must deny ourselves before it





are, to

use an illustration, in

a fruit-tree, broadly rooted,





and existence

grown, planted in


like soil,

adorned with a crown of many branches and a glorious roof of leaves and like that tree with its roots far and wide in the earth, and its branches high and broad in the air, are we deeply rooted, possessing an existence obtained by means of money, reputation, property, and descent, faith, hope, love, and the promises of God. ;


to that


tree, to that entire unit,

from deepest root to

highest bough, which as our ego, full of might and majesty, stands

before our consciousness and in our

be laid I



of all this the self-denying soul

am nothing." Many say, " This

quite too often




— to

correct and exactly


all this

must say




the ax



must and

is all

and say


these most difficult and excellent words

again and again pass the lips as mere hollow sounds, they strike a

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 704 Pagina's

The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 544

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 704 Pagina's

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