HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Matthew 24:42

So many and so different are the days of my earthly life — and on any one of them, my Lord may come! This is thought to allow them all.

It may be a day of ordinary business and toil. Then whatever I do I must do heartily, as unto my Master. If He should surprise me when I am engaged in my usual task, He must find the task honourably and faithfully and fully discharged. Let mine be the eye that “winces at false work, and loves the truth.”

It may be a day of weakness and suffering. Then I must suffer patiently, meekly, quietly, even thankfully. I must kiss the cross which He has laid on my shoulders. I must show that His grace has a marvellous power to sustain me. How sorrow-stricken I shall be if, when He comes, He hears me murmur and complain!

It may be a day bright with special gladness and success. Then I must trace my joy to no secondary and subordinate cause — but to Him and must praise Him for it. I must glory not in myself — but in His goodness and mercy. It will be an eternal regret to me if He should discover me ungrateful, boastful or proud!

It may be a day of worship and prayer. Then there must be the heart reality behind the form of religion. No fair external must cover a hollow and insincere heart. How infinitely mournful it will be if, in His searching eyes — if my religion should be hypocrisy, and my holy things a falsehood!

Lord, give me the grace to live as though You were coming at any moment!

Author: Patriarch Gregg

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