Living in an Eclipse

After one of his sermons, Andrew Murray asked a very pious woman, “How are you doing?”

Her answer was, “Oh, just the way it always is, sometimes light and sometimes dark.”

“My dear sister,” he asked, “where is that in the Bible?”

She said, “We have day and night in nature, and just so it is in our souls.”

“No, no,” he replied, “in the Bible we read, ‘Your sun shall no longer go down.’”

But most believers today live in an eclipse.

In Galatians 5:24, we read where true believers have “crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Yet, on a daily basis, we are told to “reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:11).

A man of God, from a generation ago, said, “It were almost better for one to overstate the possibilities of sanctification in his eager grasp for holiness, than to understate them in his complacent satisfaction with a traditional unholiness.

Certainly, it is not an edifying spectacle to see a Christian worldling throwing stones at a Christian perfectionist.”

A blustering businessman arrived at the eternal gates.

He briskly made his way up to the admission desk, and asked for quick service. Whereupon St. Peter asked him what role he would like to play. The question took the busy man by surprise, because he had assumed heaven was a place to receive one’s rewards and not to be assigned a role.

Although he was a church member, he had not given much thought to the nature of the afterlife, and the preparation for it. But there flashed in his mind the words of a hymn he knew, that he had learned in Sunday school. So he gave the line of the old hymn as his answer.

It was this: “I want to be an angel and with the angels stand.”

Whereupon, St. Peter after the fashion of a personnel officer, took out pen and paper, and asked, “Let’s see now. What experience have you had?”

“Often we change jobs, friends, and spouses, instead of changing ourselves.”

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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