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Sunday, March 25, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Most Delicate Mission On Earth"

March 25, 2012

The friend of the Bridegroom.
John 3:29
Goodness and purity ought never to attract attention to themselves,
they ought simply to be magnets to draw to Jesus Christ. If my
holiness is not drawing towards Him, it is not holiness of the right
order, but an influence that will awaken inordinate affection and
lead souls away into side-eddies. A beautiful saint may be a
hindrance if he does not present Jesus Christ but only what Christ
has done for him. He will leave the impression - "What a fine
character that man is!" That is not being a true friend of the
Bridegroom; I am increasing all the time, He is not.
In order to maintain this friendship and loyalty to the Bridegroom,
we have to be more careful of our moral and vital relationship to Him
than of any other thing, even of obedience. Sometimes there is
nothing to obey, the only thing to do is to maintain a vital
connection with Jesus Christ, to see that nothing interferes with
that. Only occasionally do we have to obey. When a crisis arises we
have to find out what God's will is, but the greater part of the life
is not conscious obedience but the maintenance of this relationship -
the friend of the Bridegroom. Christian work may be a means of
evading the soul's concentration on Jesus Christ. Instead of being
friends of the Bridegroom, we may become amateur providences, and may
work against Him whilst we use His weapons.

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