After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.…
What would Her Majesty think of her soldiers, if they should swear they were loyal and true, and yet should say, "Your Majesty, we prefer not to wear these regimentals; let us wear the dress of civilians! we are right honest men, and upright; but do not care to stand in your ranks, acknowledged as your soldiers; we had rather slink into the enemy's camp, and into your camp too, we therefore prefer not to wear anything that would mark us as being your soldiers!" Ah! some of you do the same with Christ. You are going to be secret Christians, are you, and slink into the devil's camp, and into Christ's camp, but acknowledged by none? Well, ye must take the chance of it, if ye will be double-minded; but I should not like to risk it. It is a solemn threatening — "Of him will I be ashamed when I come in the glory of My Father, and all His holy angels with Me!" It is a solemn thing, I say, when Christ says, "Except a man take up his cross and follow Me, he cannot be My disciple."
(C. H. Spurgeon.)
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