The Only Question of Importance

J.C. Ryle

“Rise up each day desiring that your soul may excel, lie down each evening, inquiring of yourself whether your soul has really grown. Remember Zeuxis, the great painter of old. When men asked him why he labored so intensely, and took such extreme pains with every picture, his simple answer was, ‘I paint for eternity.’

Do not be ashamed to be like him. Set your immortal soul before your mind’s eye, and when men ask you why you live as you do, answer them in his spirit, ‘I live for my soul.’ Believe me, the day is fast coming when the soul will be the one thing men will think of, and the only question of importance will be this, ‘Is my soul lost or saved?'”

J.C. Ryle (1816-1900), from Thoughts For Young Men


One thought on “The Only Question of Importance

  1. Bill Cummings


    It’s amazing to see your love for history, literature and the Scriptures comes together in your taste for some of the old classic authors you have been quoting. It’s always a reminder of the deep and rich history of the faith.


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