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IN TOUCH WITH GOD   by Edward Heppenstall

Committed to God MARCH 17


He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: . . . and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still. Rev. 22:11.

There is such a thing as a last chance for us all. Only God knows when it has passed, but one day all of us will pass that time. Daily the Spirit of God moves upon our hearts. Divine visitation does not leave us where it found us. It always leaves us better or worse. To come into contact with truth, to hear God's voice speaking to our hearts, leaves no room for delay. To brush God aside in this way always leaves us weaker, poorer spiritually.

Many people are found following the church who are not actuated by love for Christ or by devotion to His cause. This is an imperfect attachment to our Lord. At such a time as this we ought not to hesitate. We are to know Him as our Saviour, our hope, our life. We are to come to His sanctuary because we love His word, not because the respectable people are there. We are to give and work for His sake. We are to be captured by His truth and love and beauty, which is the true attachment.

When Christ was on earth He achieved a certain degree of popularity with some because He healed the sick and fed the hungry. They were not captured by His person and His mission to save the lost, or by His redeeming grace. Christ looks deep into our hearts to see whether we truly love Him, love Him for His own sake.

The preparation necessary to meet Christ is to love Him with a true heart. True love thinks nothing of the loaves and the fishes. We belong to Him and to His church, not for the sake of what is profitable, but because we want more than anything to be like Him. We cling to Him, not because it is fashionable to do so, but even when it is unpopular to do so. His righteousness is our salvation, His love for us our inspiration, His approval of us our supreme satisfaction, His life our greatest need.

Everything is possible in the power of His love and grace. We are no longer moved by every wind of doctrine. We are no longer anxious as to the day of His coming. Having this certainty with Christ, we enjoy stability and peace. We are not perplexed by the conflicts in the world.

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