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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Have You Ever Been Carried Away For Him?"


February 21, 2012


She hath wrought a good work on Me.

Mark 14:6

If human love does not carry a man beyond himself, it is not love. If
love is always discreet, always wise, always sensible and
calculating, never carried beyond itself, it is not love at all. It
may be affection, it may be warmth of feeling, but it has not the
true nature of love in it.

Have I ever been carried away to do something for God not because it
was my duty, nor because it was useful, nor because there was
anything in it at all beyond the fact that I love Him? Have I ever
realized that I can bring to God things which are of value to Him, or
am I mooning round the magnitude of His Redemption whilst there are
any number of things I might be doing? Not Divine, colossal things
which could be recorded as marvellous, but ordinary, simple human
things which will give evidence to God that I am abandoned to Him?
Have I ever produced in the heart of the Lord Jesus what Mary of
Bethany produced?

There are times when it seems as if God watches to see if we will
give Him the abandoned tokens of how genuinely we do love Him.
Abandon to God is of more value than personal holiness. Personal
holiness focuses the eye on our own whiteness; we are greatly
concerned about the way we walk and talk and look, fearful lest we
offend Him. Perfect love casts out all that when once we are
abandoned to God. We have to get rid of this notion - "Am I of any
use?" and make up our minds that we are not, and we may be near the
truth. It is never a question of being of use, but of being of value
to God Himself. When we are abandoned to God, He works through us all
the time.

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