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Sunday, March 4, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Could This Be True Of Me?"

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March 4, 2012


COULD THIS BE TRUE OF ME?

But none of these things move me, neither count I my
life dear unto myself.

Acts 20:24
http://www.BibleStudyTools.com/search/?query=ac+20:24&sr=1

It is easier to serve God without a vision, easier to work for God
without a call, because then you are not bothered by what God
requires; common sense is your guide, veneered over with Christian
sentiment. You will be more prosperous and successful, more
leisure-hearted, if you never realize the call of God. But if once
you receive a commission from Jesus Christ, the memory of what God
wants will always come like a goad; you will no longer be able to
work for Him on the common-sense basis.

What do I really count dear? If I have not been gripped by Jesus
Christ, I will count service dear, time given to God dear, my life
dear unto myself. Paul says he counted his life dear only in order
that he might fulfil the ministry he had received; he refused to use
his energy for any other thing. Acts 20:24 states Paul's almost
sublime annoyance at being asked to consider himself; he was
absolutely indifferent to any consideration other than that of
fulfilling the ministry he had received. Practical work may be a
competitor against abandonment to God, because practical work is
based on this argument - Remember how 'useful you are here, or -
Think how much value you would be in that particular type of work."
That attitude does not put Jesus Christ as the Guide as to where we
should go, but our judgment as to where we are of most use. Never
consider whether you are of use; but ever consider that you are not
your own but His.

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