Holiness Expressed in Faithfulness in All the Duties and Relations in Life

He will try, not merely to fill his place as well as others who take no thought for their souls, but even better, because he has higher motives, and more help than they. Those words of Paul should never be forgotten, “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord”; “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.” (Col. 3:23; Rom. 12:11.) Holy person should aim at doing everything well, and should be ashamed of allowing themselves to do anything ill if they can help it. Like Daniel, they should seek to give no “occasion” against themselves, except “concerning the law of their God” (Dan. 6:5). They should strive to be good husbands and good wives, good parents and good children, good masters and good servants, good neighbours, good friends, good subjects, good in private and good in public, good in the place of business and good by their firesides. Holiness is worth little indeed, if it does not bear this kind of fruit. The Lord Jesus puts a searching question to His people, when He says, “What do ye more than others?” (Matt. 5:47.)

– J.C. Ryle, Holiness, pp.45-46, (emphasis mine).

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