September 30

Daring to act alone

“Every man . . . shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone” (John 16:32).
“At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me” (2 Tim. 4:16).

There is a cowardice in this age which is not Christian. We shrink from the consequences of truth. We look round and cling dependently. We ask what men will think; what others will say; whether they will stare in astonishment. Perhaps they will, but he who is calculating that, will accomplish nothing in this life. The Father, the Father Who is with us and in us—what does He think? God’s work cannot be done without a spirit of independence. A man has got some way in the Christian life when he has learned to say humbly, and yet majestically, “I dare to be alone.”

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