If I was qualified to search out the best Christian in the kingdom
(Letters of John Newton)
"This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at My Word." Isaiah 66:2
Indeed, I believe that the most lively graces, and the most solid comfort — are known among the Lord's poor and unlearned people. Every outward advantage has a tendency to nourish the pride of the human heart — and requires a proportionate knowledge of the deceitful self and the evil of sin to counter-balance them.
It is no less difficult to have great abilities, than great riches — without trusting in them. 1 Timothy 6:17
If I was qualified to search out the best Christian in the kingdom — I would not expect to find him either in a seminary or in a pulpit. I would give the palm to that person who had the lowest thoughts of himself, and the most admiring and loving thoughts of the Savior. And perhaps this person would be some bed-ridden old man or woman — or a pauper in a parish workhouse.
The Lord's regard to us, is not to be measured by our theological knowledge — but rather by the simplicity of our dependence, and the uniform tenor of our obedience to His will.
"Humble yourselves before the Lord — and He will lift you up." James 4:10