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How to Stay Close to Christ

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And the effort to bless others will react in bless- ings upon ourselves. Those who thus become par- ticipants in labors of love are brought nearest to their Creator. The spirit of unselfish labor for oth- ers gives depth, stability, and Christlike loveli- ness to the character and brings peace and hap- piness to its possessor. Strength comes by exer- cise. We need not go to heathen lands, or even leave the narrow circle of the home, if it is there that our duty lies, in order to work for Christ. With a loving spirit we may perform life’s humblest duties “to the Lord” (Col. 3:23). If the love of God is in the heart, it will be manifested in the life. You are not to wait for great occasions or to expect extraor- dinary abilities before you go to work for God. The humblest and poorest of the disciples of Jesus can be a blessing to others.

Many are the ways in which God is seeking to make Himself known to us and bring us into com- munion with Him. If we will but listen, nature speaks to our senses without ceasing. God’s created works will teach us precious lessons of obedience and trust.

No tears are shed that God does not notice. There is no smile that He does not mark. If we would but fully believe this, all undue anxieties would be dismissed. Our lives would not be so filled with disappointment as now; for everything, whether great or small, would be left in the hands of God.

God speaks to us through His providential works and through the influence of His Spirit upon the heart. God speaks to us in His Word. Here we have in clearer lines the revelation of His char-

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