Tag: Boasting

My greatest grief and joy

J.C. Ryleby J.C. Ryle

Christian Leaders of the Last Century

William Grimshaw was, above all, a man of rare humility. Few gifted men, perhaps, ever thought so humbly of themselves, or were so truly ready to honor others.

“What have we to boast of?” he once said. “What do we have, that we have not received? Freely by grace we are saved. When I die I shall then have my greatest grief and my greatest joy: my greatest grief that I have done so little for Jesus; and my greatest joy that Jesus has done so much for me. My last words shall be, “Here goes an unprofitable servant!”

On his deathbed he said, “Alas! what have my wretched services been. I have now need to cry, at the end of my unprofitable course: God be merciful to me a sinner!”

Shortly after, laying his hand on his heart, he said, “I am quite exhausted; but I shall soon be at home, forever with the Lord–a poor miserable sinner redeemed by His precious blood!”

by J.C. Ryle

Making Yours Your Own

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you? Joshua 18:3

The Promised Land was theirs but they had not possessed their possessions. It is not what we have but what we know we have that determines our actual wealth. Many a poor man has had an oil well on his farm and didn’t know it. If he found that he did have such a treasure he would lose no time tapping his resources. He would not merely brag, “There is oil on my place.” Such boasts would not pay bills. He must possess his possessions.