by T. De Witt Talmage

Dr. T. DeWitt Talmage
I Corinthians 10:31

When the apostle, in this text, sets forth the
idea that so common an action as the taking of food
and drink is to be conducted to the glory of God, he
proclaims the importance of religion in the ordinary
affairs of life. In all ages of the world there has
been a tendency to set apart certain days, places, and
occasions for worship, and to think those were the
chief realms in which religion was to act. Now, holy
days and holy places have their importance. They give
opportunity for especial performance of Christian
duty, and for regaling of the religious appetite; but
they cannot take the place of continuous exercise of
faith and prayer. In other words, a man cannot be so
much of a Christian on Sunday that he can afford to be
a worldling all the rest of the week.

If a steamer put out for Southampton, and go one
day in that direction, and the other six days go in
other directions, how long before the steamer will get
to Southampton? It will never get there. And though a
man may seem to be voyaging heavenward during the holy
Sabbath-day, if, during the following six days of the
week, he is going toward the world, and toward the
flesh, and toward the devil, he will never ride up
into the peaceful harbor of heaven. You cannot eat so
much at the Sabbath banquet that you can afford
religious abstinence the other six days. Heroism and
princely behavior on great occasions are no apology
for lack of right demeanor in circumstances
insignificant and inconspicuous. The genuine Christian
life is not spasmodic; does not go by fits and starts.
It toils on through heat and cold, up steep mountains
and along dangerous declivities, its eye on the ever-
lasting hills crowned with the castles of the blessed.

I propose, this morning, to make a plea in behalf
of what I shall call "every-day religion." In the
first place, we want to bring the religio ...

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