If we profess to have any real Christianity, let us strive to be of John the Baptist’s spirit—let us study humility. This is the grace with which all must begin, who would be saved. We have no true Christianity until we cast away our high thoughts and feel ourselves to be sinners. This is the grace which all saints may follow after and which none have any excuse for neglecting. All God’s children do not have special gifts or money or time or a wide sphere of usefulness, but all may be humble. This is the grace, above all, which will appear most beautiful in our latter end. Never shall we feel the need of humility so deeply as when we lie on our deathbeds and stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Our whole lives will then appear a long catalogue of imperfections, and ourselves as
nothing, and Christ all.

J. C. Ryle

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