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Thursday, March 29, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Our Lord's Surprise Visits"

March 29, 2012

Be ye therefore ready also.
Luke 12:40
The great need for the Christian worker is to be ready to face Jesus
Christ at any and every turn. This is not easy, no matter what our
experience is. The battle is not against sin or difficulties or
circumstances, but against being so absorbed in work that we are not
ready to face Jesus Christ at every turn. That is the one great need,
not the facing our belief, or our creed, the question whether we are
of any use, but to face Him.
Jesus rarely comes where we expect Him; He appears where we least
expect Him, and always in the most illogical connections. The only
way a worker can keep true to God is by being ready for the Lord's
surprise visits. It is not service that matters, but intense
spiritual reality, expecting Jesus Christ at every turn. This will
give our life the attitude of child-wonder which He wants it to have.
If we are going to be ready for Jesus Christ, we have to stop being
religious (that is, using religion as a higher kind of culture) and
be spiritually real.
If you are "looking off unto Jesus," avoiding the call of the
religious age you live in, and setting your heart on what He wants,
on thinking on His line - you will be called unpractical and dreamy;
but when He appears in the burden and the heat of the day, you will
be the only one who is ready. Trust no one, not even the finest saint
who ever walked this earth, ignore him, if he hinders your sight of
Jesus Christ.

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