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Saturday, February 18, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Initiative Against Drudgery"


February 19, 2012


Arise, shine.

Isaiah 60:1

We have to take the first step as though there were no God. It is no
use to wait for God to help us, He will not; but immediately we arise
we find He is there. Whenever God inspires, the initiative is a moral
one. We must do the thing and not lie like a log. If we will arise
and shine, drudgery becomes divinely transfigured.

Drudgery is one of the finest touchstones of character there is.
Drudgery is work that is very far removed from anything to do with
the ideal - the utterly mean grubby things; and when we come in
contact with them we know instantly whether or not we are spiritually
real. Read John 13. We see there the Incarnate God doing the most
desperate piece of drudgery, washing fishermen's feet, and He says -
"If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also
ought to wash one another's feet." It requires the inspiration of God
to go through drudgery with the light of God upon it. Some people do
a certain thing and the way in which they do it hallows that thing
for ever afterwards. It may be the most commonplace thing, but after
we have seen them do it, it becomes different. When the Lord does a
thing through us, He always transfigures it. Our Lord took on Him our
human flesh and transfigured it, and it has become for every saint
the temple of the Holy Ghost.

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