Morning, February 11, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“They were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.” — Acts 4:13

A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ. You have read stories of the life of Christ, beautifully and eloquently written, but the best life of Christ is his living biography, written out in the words and actions of his people. If we were what we profess to be, and what we should be, we should be images of Christ; indeed, such striking likenesses of him, that the world would not have compare us for hours together, and say, “Well, it seems somewhat of a likeness;” but they would, when they once observed us, exclaim, “He has been with Jesus; he has been taught of him; he is like him; he has caught the very idea of the holy Man of Nazareth, and he works it out in his life and everyday actions.” A Christian should be like Christ in his boldness. Never be embarrassed to claim your religion; your profession will never disgrace you: take care you never disgrace your profession. Be like Jesus, be very valiant for your God. Imitate him in your loving spirit; think kindly, speak kindly, and do kindly, that men may say of you, “He has been with Jesus.”

Imitate Jesus in his holiness. Was he passionate for his Master? So then, should you be; always be going about doing good. Do not waste time: it is too precious. Was he self-denying, never looking to his own interest? Be the same. Was he devout? Be fervent in your prayers. Did he defer to his Father’s will? Likewise, submit yourselves to him. Was he patient? So, learn to endure. And best of all, as the highest portraiture of Jesus, try to forgive your enemies, as he did; and let those inspirational words of your Master, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing,” always ring in your ears. Forgive, as you hope to be forgiven. Heap coals of fire on the head of your enemy by your kindness to him. Returning good for evil, remember, is godlike. Be godlike, then; and in all ways and by all methods, live in such a way that all may say of you, “He has been with Jesus.”