Morning, January 12, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

You belong to Christ.” — 1 Corinthians 3:23

“You are Christ’s.” You are his by endowment, for the Father gave you to the Son; his by his bloody purchase, for he laid down the price for your redemption; his by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to him; his by relation, for you are named by his name, and made one of his brethren and joint-heirs. Labor expediently to show the world that you are the servant, the friend, the bride of Jesus. When tempted to sin, reply, “I cannot do this great wickedness, for I am Christ’s.” Immortal principles forbid the friend of Christ to sin. When wealth is before you to be won by sinful practice, say that you are Christ’s, and touch it not. Are you exposed to difficulties and dangers? Stand firm in the evil day, remembering that you are Christ’s. Are you placed in work where others are sitting down idly, doing nothing? Rise to the work with all your powers; and when the sweat stands upon your brow, and you are tempted to loaf, cry, “No, I cannot stop, for I am Christ’s. If I were not purchased by blood, I might be like Issachar, hiding in the sheepfolds; but I am Christ’s, and cannot dawdle.” When the siren song of pleasure would tempt you from the path of right, reply, “Your music cannot charm me; I am Christ’s.” When the cause of God invites you, give your goods and yourself away, for thou are Christ’s. Never give the lie to your profession. Be always one of those whose manners are Christian, whose speech is like the Nazarene, whose conduct and conversation are so indicative of heaven, that all who see you may know that you are the Savior’s, recognizing in you his features of love and his countenance of holiness. The cry, “I am a Roman!” was of old a reason for integrity; far more, then, let it be your argument for holiness, “I am Christ’s!”