In His Steps eBook

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Just stating facts.  Of course, I understand you can’t all go out of your way to hunt up jobs for other people like me.  I’m not asking you to; but what I feel puzzled about is, what is meant by following Jesus.  What do you mean when you sing ’I’ll go with Him, with Him, all the way?’ Do you mean that you are suffering and denying yourselves and trying to save lost, suffering humanity just as I understand Jesus did?  What do you mean by it?  I see the ragged edge of things a good deal.  I understand there are more than five hundred men in this city in my case.  Most of them have families.  My wife died four months ago.  I’m glad she is out of trouble.  My little girl is staying with a printer’s family until I find a job.  Somehow I get puzzled when I see so many Christians living in luxury and singing ’Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow Thee,’ and remember how my wife died in a tenement in New York City, gasping for air and asking God to take the little girl too.  Of course I don’t expect you people can prevent every one from dying of starvation, lack of proper nourishment and tenement air, but what does following Jesus mean?  I understand that Christian people own a good many of the tenements.  A member of a church was the owner of the one where my wife died, and I have wondered if following Jesus all the way was true in his case.  I heard some people singing at a church prayer meeting the other night,

    ’All for Jesus, all for Jesus,
     All my being’s ransomed powers,
     All my thoughts, and all my doings,
     All my days, and all my hours.’

and I kept wondering as I sat on the steps outside just what they meant by it.  It seems to me there’s an awful lot of trouble in the world that somehow wouldn’t exist if all the people who sing such songs went and lived them out.  I suppose I don’t understand.  But what would Jesus do?  Is that what you mean by following His steps?  It seems to me sometimes as if the people in the big churches had good clothes and nice houses to live in, and money to spend for luxuries, and could go away on summer vacations and all that, while the people outside the churches, thousands of them, I mean, die in tenements, and walk the streets for jobs, and never have a piano or a picture in the house, and grow up in misery and drunkenness and sin.”

The man suddenly gave a queer lurch over in the direction of the communion table and laid one grimy hand on it.  His hat fell upon the carpet at his feet.  A stir went through the congregation.  Dr. West half rose from his pew, but as yet the silence was unbroken by any voice or movement worth mentioning in the audience.  The man passed his other hand across his eyes, and then, without any warning, fell heavily forward on his face, full length up the aisle.  Henry Maxwell spoke: 

“We will consider the service closed.”

Chapter Two

Henry Maxwell and a group of his church members remained some time in the study.  The man lay on the couch there and breathed heavily.  When the question of what to do with him came up, the minister insisted on taking the man to his own house; he lived near by and had an extra room.  Rachel Winslow said: 

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