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Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Test Of Loyalty"

December 18, 2011

And we know that all things work together for good to
them that love God.
Romans 8:28
It is only the loyal soul who believes that God engineers
circumstances. We take such liberty with our circumstances, we do not
believe God engineers them, although we say we do; we treat the
things that happen as if they were engineered by men. To be faithful
in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty, and that
is to our Lord. Suddenly God breaks up a particular set of
circumstances, and the realization comes that we have been disloyal
to Him by not recognizing that He had ordered them; we never saw what
He was after, and that particular thing will never be repeated all
the days of our life. The test of loyalty always comes just there. If
we learn to worship God in the trying circumstances, He will alter
them in two seconds when He chooses.
Loyalty to Jesus Christ is the thing that we "stick at" to-day. We
will be loyal to work, to service, to anything, but do not ask us to
be loyal to Jesus Christ. Many Christians are intensely impatient of
talking about loyalty to Jesus. Our Lord is dethroned more
emphatically by Christian workers than by the world. God is made a
machine for blessing men, and Jesus Christ is made a Worker among
The idea is not that we do work for God, but that we are so loyal to
Him that He can do His work through us - "I reckon on you for extreme
service, with no complaining on your part and no explanation on
Mine." God wants to use us as He used His own Son.

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