For none of us lives to himself, and no man dies to himself.…
Do we all live up to the spirit of the text in our —
I. PRAYERS? The Lord s Prayer is all in the plural number. Our Saviour's prayers were and are essentially intercessory. So were Daniel's, Paul's, Jeremiah's, Abraham's. In fact, all the great prayers of the Bible are intercessory. But is it not with most of us, my wants, my sorrows, my difficulties, my soul? Is not the thought of others a very small part when you are upon your knees, and thanksgiving for others the smallest of all? May not this be a reason for the very few answers you have had? God turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends. Inscribe it in your oratory as the life of your prayers — "None of us liveth to himself."
II. RELIGIOUS LIFE. The religion of most men consists of little more than going to church, reading religious books, and now and then talking to some religious person. Whereas every Christian is to be a leavening element, placed in this world to germinate and extend truth. Every feeling which God gives a man is the property of the Church and of the world.
III. CONVERSATION. The right rule for this is, that there should be a reciprocity, and that each person should try, according to the character of the persons to whom he is talking, to get good, or to do good, but the tendency is to think far more of the good we may get than of that we may give.
IV. RELIGIOUS VIEWS. Most of us live in a very narrow system of ideas. God forbid that we should be so liberal as to profess to find truth everywhere and leave it nowhere. But so the more essential truths are held, and the Lord Jesus is magnified, we ought not to break up the great continent of truth into so many little islands, on which each puny man takes his stand, and says, "This is the Church."
V. CHURCH WORK. Can it be a right state when, out of such a congregation as this, there is such a little band to be found of those who give themselves to any expressed work of usefulness? How many are living in their little daily circle, attending to their own health, or their own business, or their own souls! But will the kingdom of God ever be spread in this way?
(J. Vaughan, M.A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.