Importance Of Practical Holiness (12)

Is it not true that we need a higher standard of personal holiness in this day? Where is our patience? Where is our zeal? Where is our love? Where are our works? Where is the power of religion to be seen, as it was in times gone by? Where is that unmistakable tone which used to distinguish the saints of old, and shake the world? Verily our silver has become dross, our wine mixed with water, and our salt has very little savour. We are all more than half asleep. The night is far spent and the day is at hand. Let us awake, and sleep no more. Let us open our eyes more widely than we have done hitherto. 'Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us.' 'Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, and perfect holiness in the fear of God' (Heb_12:1 ; 2Co_7:1). 'Did Christ die,' says Owen, 'and shall sin live? Was He crucified in the world, and shall our affections to the world be quick and lively? Oh, where is the spirit of him, who by the cross of Christ was crucified to the world, and the world to him?'