The Youth’s Instructor, January 17, 1901.

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  1. Religion Not a Sentiment
  2. Pure and undefiled religion is not a sentiment, but the doing of
  3. works of mercy and love. This religion is necessary to health and
  4. happiness. It enters the polluted soul-temple, and with a scourge
  5. drives out the sinful intruders. Taking the throne, it consecrates all
  6. by its presence, illuminating the heart with the bright beams of the
  7. Sun of Righteousness. It opens the windows of the soul heavenward,
  8. letting in the sunshine of God’s love. With it comes serenity and
  9. composure. Physical, mental, and moral strength increase, because
  10. the atmosphere of heaven, as a living, active agency, fills the soul.
  11. 130 Messages to Young People
  12. Christ is formed within, the hope of glory.—The Review and Herald,
  13. [143] October 15, 1901.
  14. Chapter 37—Faithful in that which is Least
  15. “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much.”
  16. It is conscientious attention to what the world terms “little things”
  17. that makes life a success. Little deeds of charity, little acts of selfdenial,
  18. speaking simple words of helpfulness, watching against little
  19. sins,—this is Christianity. A grateful acknowledgment of daily
  20. blessings, a wise improvement of daily opportunities, a diligent
  21. cultivation of intrusted talents,—this is what the Master calls for.
  22. He who faithfully performs small duties will be prepared to
  23. answer the demands of larger responsibilities. The man who is kind
  24. and courteous in the daily life, who is generous and forbearing in
  25. his family, whose constant aim it is to make home happy, will be the
  26. first to deny self and make sacrifices when the Master calls.
  27. A Well-Balanced Character
  28. We may be willing to give our property to the cause of God,
  29. but this will not count unless we give Him also a heart of love and
  30. gratitude. Those who would be true missionaries in foreign fields
  31. must first be true missionaries in the home. Those who desire to
  32. work in the Master’s vineyard must prepare themselves for this by a
  33. careful cultivation of the little piece of vineyard He has intrusted to
  34. their care. [144]
  35. As a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Many thoughts make
  36. up the unwritten history of a single day; and these thoughts have
  37. much to do with the formation of character. Our thoughts are to be
  38. strictly guarded; for one impure thought makes a deep impression on
  39. the soul. An evil thought leaves an evil impress on the mind. If the
  40. thoughts are pure and holy, the man is better for having cherished
  41. them. By them the spiritual pulse is quickened, and the power for
  42. doing good is increased. And as one drop of rain prepares the way
  43. for another in moistening the earth, so one good thought prepares
  44. the way for another.
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  46. 132 Messages to Young People
  47. The longest journey is performed by taking one step at a time.
  48. A succession of steps brings us to the end of the road. The longest
  49. chain is composed of separate links. If one of these links is faulty,
  50. the chain is worthless. Thus it is with character. A well-balanced
  51. character is formed by single acts well performed. One defect,
  52. cultivated instead of being overcome, makes the man imperfect, and
  53. closes against him the gate of the Holy City. He who enters heaven
  54. must have a character that is without spot or wrinkle or any such
  55. thing. Naught that defileth can ever enter there. In all the redeemed
  56. host not one defect will be seen.
  57. Faithfulness in Everyday Life
  58. God’s work is perfect as a whole because it is perfect in every
  59. part, however minute. He fashions the tiny spear of grass with as
  60. much care as He would exercise in making a world. If we desire
  61. [145] to be perfect, even as our Father in heaven is perfect, we must be
  62. faithful in doing little things. That which is worth doing at all is
  63. worth doing well. Whatever your work may be, do it faithfully.
  64. Speak the truth in regard to the smallest matters. Each day do loving
  65. deeds and speak cheerful words. Scatter smiles along the pathway
  66. of life. As you work in this way, God will place His approval on
  67. you, and Christ will one day say to you, “Well done, thou good and
  68. faithful servant.”
  69. At the day of judgment, those who have been faithful in their
  70. everyday life, who have been quick to see their work and do it,
  71. not thinking of praise or profit, will hear the words, “Come, ye
  72. blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from
  73. the foundation of the world.” Christ does not commend them for the
  74. eloquent orations they have made, the intellectual power they have
  75. displayed, or the liberal donations they have given. It is for doing
  76. little things which are generally overlooked that they are rewarded.
  77. “I was an hungered, and ye gave Me meat,” He says. “Inasmuch as
  78. ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have
  79. [146] done it unto Me.”—The Youth’s Instructor, January 17, 1901.


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