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Aim at Being Real

The day of judgment will reveal strange things. The hopes of many who were thought great Christians while they lived will be utterly confounded. The rottenness of their religion will be exposed and put to shame before the whole world. It will then be proved that to be saved means something more than ‘making a profession’ (Matthew 7:21-23). We must make a ‘practice’ of our Christianity as well as a ‘profession.’ Let us often think of that great day: let us often ‘judge ourselves, that we be not judged’ and condemned by the Lord. Whatever else we are, let us aim at being real, true and sincere.

J. C. Ryle

Expository Thoughts, 53-54.