In A Very Silent Manner

“Christ did much work for God in a very silent manner: he wrought hard, but did not spoil his work, when he had wrought it, by vain ostentation.  When he had expressed his charity in his acts of mercy and bounty to men, he would humbly seal up the glory of it, with this charge: “see ye tell no man of it,” Matt. 8.4.  He affected no popular air.  All the angels in heaven could not do what Christ did, and yet he called himself a worm, for all that, cf. Psalm 22.6.  O imitate your pattern: work hard for God, and let not pride blow upon it, when you have done.  It is hard for a man to do much, and not value himself for it too much.

– John Flavel, Works of, vol. 1, 440, “The Sixth Excellent Saying of Christ Upon the Cross,” a sermon on John 19.30.

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