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they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." --Acts 4:13
A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ. You have read
lives of Christ, beautifully and eloquently written, but the best life of
Christ is His living biography, written out in the words and actions of His
people. If we were what we profess to be, and what we should be, we should be
pictures of Christ; yea, such striking likenesses of Him, that the world would
not have to hold us up by the hour together, and say, "Well, it seems
somewhat of a likeness;" but they would, when they once beheld us,
exclaim, "He has been with Jesus; he has been taught of Him; he is like
Him; he has caught the very idea of the holy Man of Nazareth, and he works it
out in his life and every-day actions." A Christian should be like Christ
in his boldness. Never blush to own your religion; your profession will never
disgrace you: take care you never disgrace that. Be like Jesus, very valiant
for your God. Imitate Him in your loving spirit; think kindly, speak kindly,
and do kindly, that men may say of you, "He has been with Jesus."
Imitate Jesus in His holiness. Was He zealous for His Master? So be you; ever
go about doing good. Let not time be wasted: it is too precious. Was He self-denying,
never looking to His own interest? Be the same. Was He devout? Be you fervent
in your prayers. Had He deference to His Father's will? So submit yourselves to
Him. Was He patient? So learn to endure. And best of all, as the highest
portraiture of Jesus, try to forgive your enemies, as He did; and let those
sublime words of your Master, "Father, forgive them; for they know not
what they do," always ring in your ears. Forgive, as you hope to be
forgiven. Heap coals of fire on the head of your foe by your kindness to him.
Good for evil, recollect, is godlike. Be godlike, then; and in all ways and by
all means, so live that all may say of you, "He has been with Jesus."