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The highest class in the school of Christ

by J.A. James

1848

“So that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12

By patience, we mean a quiet waiting, amidst sufferings and sorrows–for the heavenly kingdom. Patience is an uncomplaining willingness to remain any length of time, and amidst any tribulation, for eternal glory.

No circumstances of life–let the sufferer hear and drink in the soul-comforting thought–no circumstances of life seem to ripen the Christian so fast or so perfectly for Heaven–as the experience of sorrow and affliction. Oh! then let our comforts go, then let our eyes weep, then let our hearts bleed–if our Father is thus ripening us for everlasting fruition and inconceivable bliss!

“But patience must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:4

When we are enabled to exercise the grace of patience, we have reached the highest class in the school of Christ, have nothing more to learn upon earth, and are ready and fit to depart, and to be with Jesus–and have then obtained as much grace as can be possessed, short of glory itself!

Patience then, sufferer, patience! The first moment, and the first glance of Heaven will be an infinite recompense for all that you suffer–for all that you lose on earth! If every step on earth is a step of suffering–then let each be a step of patience!

Weep you may–murmur you must not.

Nature may pay the tribute of a groan–but grace must pay it with a smile.

The shower of your tears may fall–but the rays of the Sun of Righteousness must reflect the beauteous rainbow of the promise.

Christian, you make your way to glory along the path of patient resignation, which, if it is like the Valley of Weeping, and has its briars and its thorns–has also its refreshing rain-pools of heavenly consolation!

by J.A. James

The School of Christ

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

I watched a television program featuring Jascha Heifetz, now retired, teaching an advanced class of young violinists. These artists seemed to have reached perfection, as far as I was concerned, but evidently they and Heifetz did not think so. So they went through the tedious exercises over and over again until they were acceptable to the master’s ear. What hours of disciplined practice all artists, acrobats, performers in any realm, must go through to reach the top! It has been said that when acrobats are not performing, they are practicing. Need we wonder that Christians in general make so little impact for Christ when they are content with the lowest possible training in prayer, Bible study, witnessing, and all the exercises of godly living? The greatest of arts, Christ-like living, has the fewest who can master it. The greatest warfare on earth is carried on by the poorest-trained rookies in all combat. How easily satisfied we are with poor performance! It may satisfy us, but is the Master pleased? Will it merit His “well done”? There are few advanced students in the school of Christ but plenty of dropouts and a multitude of the mediocre.

by Vance Havner