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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Warning Against Wantoning"

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April 24, 2012

THE WARNING AGAINST WANTONING
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits
are subject unto you.
Luke 10:20
http://www.BibleStudyTools.com/search/?query=lu+10:20&sr=1


As Christian workers, worldliness is not our snare, sin is not our
snare, but spiritual wantoning is, viz.: taking the pattern and print
of the religious age we live in, making eyes at spiritual success.
Never court anything other than the approval of God, go "without the
camp, bearing His reproach." Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice
in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in
which most of us do rejoice. We have the commercial view - so many
souls saved and sanctified, thank God, now it is all right. Our work
begins where God's grace has laid the foundation; we are not to save
souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the
work of God's sovereign grace; our work as His disciples is to
disciple lives until they are wholly yielded to God. One life wholly
devoted to God is of more value to God than one hundred lives simply
awakened by His Spirit. As workers for God we must reproduce our own
kind spiritually, and that will be God's witness to us as workers.
God brings us to a standard of life by His grace, and we are
responsible for reproducing that standard in others.
Unless the worker lives a life hidden with Christ in God, he is apt
to become an irritating dictator instead of an indwelling disciple.
Many of us are dictators, we dictate to people and to meetings. Jesus
never dictates to us in that way. Whenever Our Lord talked about
discipleship, He always prefaced it with an "IF," never with an
emphatic assertion - "You must." Discipleship carries an option with
it.

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