The appeal of Christ

And think of the appeal Christ made to men and women! He had many, but His favorite was to their chivalry and valor.

Often He underlines the difficulties of discipleship, warns us what it will cost, that it means risk and loss and sacrifice, and pulling hard against fierce currents; and then He turns and looks at us, with that honoring trust of His in us that sets the blood tingling and makes the cheeks flush with pride.

That, He says quietly, is why I am so sure that you will come:

you are too big to keep out of it! And, indeed, in His own day, it was only daring and adventurous spirits who would risk declaring for Him, as it is only daring and adventurous spirits still who have the pluck to try to follow so original and unpopular a Master in the real living-out of life.

– A. J. Gossip (1873-1954) –

From the Edge of the Crowd [1924]

 

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