A true and pure Christian life attracts the world
I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me
Men and women find no inducement whatever in the lives of mediocre Christians to interest them in practical religion, but they may be won at once by a true and victorious example. Men of the world tend to step directly into a life of entire congregation living in Christ and for Christ, rather than into the intermediate state which is usually presented to them by the witnessing Christian. There was a man, a very prominent citizen, who for half a century or more had lived without Christ. He was a man in public life, a man of irreproachable character and manners, a man of lofty intellect. Although he displayed a most winning spirit, he was utterly out of sympathy with the Christian life. At the close of a service for the promotion of deeper spiritual life, he stood to ask the prayers of the congregation, and before the end of the week he was himself a true and acknowledged follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. He had said, as he went home following the service, "If that is the religion of Jesus Christ, I want it."
[ Prayer Starter ]
Father God, liven our Church, so that Your Spirit be experienced in the congregation. Lord increase us in leaps and bounds to cover the whole earth. That every ear will hear your Word and every knee will worship You. I ask this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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