Saturday, June 07, 2008

What Love Requires

I remember Cecil Hook once writing about how one person's love for God may require them to sell all they have, uproot their family, and move to a foreign country to be missionaries, while the next person feels secure in their love for God without feeling such obligation.

Consider this: Zacchaeus merely gave HALF of what he possessed to the poor (oh, and repaid 4x what he had swindled...) with Jesus' blessing, while the Rich Young Ruler was asked (by the same Jesus) to give it ALL to the poor.

Van, Jeanne, Doug, Danna, Alice and myself were having such a discussion a week ago over dinner.

This quote I read recently continues that thought:

If God has called you to be really like Christ in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility and put on you such demands of obedience that He will not allow you to follow other Christians, and in many ways He will seem to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.

Others can brag on themselves, and their work, on their success, on their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

The Lord will let others be honored and put forward, and keep you hid away in obscurity because He wants to produce some choice fragrant fruit for His glory, which can be produced only in the shade.

Others will be allowed to succeed in making money, but it is likely God will keep you poor because he wants you to have something far better than gold and that is a helpless dependence on Him; that He may have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day - out of an unseen treasury.

God will let others be great, but He will keep you small. He will let others do a great work for Him and get credit for it, but He will make you work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing; and then to make your work still more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work you have done, and this will make your reward ten times greater when He comes.

The Holy Spirit will put strict watch over you, with a jealous love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over.

So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign, and has a right to do what He pleases with His own, and He will not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle you in His dealing with you. He will wrap you up in a jealous love, and let other people say and do many things that you cannot do or say.

Settle it forever, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, and that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways that others are not dealt with.

Now, when you are so possessed with the Living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this particular personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven.

G.D. Watson (1845-1924)

So, what do YOU think???


brad said...

Holy Cow! Awesome!

preacherman said...

Powerful post brohter.
I loved the thoughts on this post.
It is my prayer that all Christians will grow in their love of God and love for each other. I pray that people in the world will see us and see love. Thank you for sharing this with us. It was fantastic Shane.
Keep up the great work!

Royce Ogle said...

Great stuff! It will take a while to digest this one.

Royce Ogle