Nobility Obligates

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"Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called" (Eph. 4:11I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, (Ephesians 4:1)). The French aphorism, Noblesse oblige, says, "Nobility obligates." The Christian's calling, just because it is such a high calling, places him under obligation to walk in a manner suited to it, or "worthy" of it. In some people we are not surprised to see carelessness, meanness, or even profligacy. But in a Queen or a Princess, those same things would shock us. They are totally out of keeping with high rank. Let the Christian see to it that his walk (manner of life) is consistent with the position in which grace has placed him. F.W.
The only true place of dignity and power is the place of felt weakness and dependence. The moment a child of God makes himself a debtor to nature or the world, he loses his dignity, and will speedily be made to feel his loss. Grace forgives the sin and restores the soul, but that which is sown must be reaped. Abraham and Sarah had to endure the bondwoman and her son for a number of years, and then get rid of them in God's way.