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Monday, May 7, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Building For Eternity"


May 7, 2012


For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth
not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have
sufficient to finish it?

Luke 14:28

Our Lord refers not to a cost we have to count, but to a cost which
He has counted. The cost was those thirty years in Nazareth, those
three years of popularity, scandal and hatred, the deep unfathomable
agony in Gethsemane, and the onslaught at Calvary - the pivot upon
which the whole of Time and Eternity turns. Jesus Christ has counted
the cost. Men are not going to laugh at Him at last and say - "This
man began to build, and was not able to finish."

The conditions of discipleship laid down by Our Lord in vv. 26, 27
and 33 mean that the men and women He is going to use in His mighty
building enterprises are those in whom He has done everything. "If
any man come to Me, and hate not...he cannot be My disciple." Our
Lord implies that the only men and women He will use in His building
enterprises are those who love Him personally, passionately and
devotedly beyond any of the closest ties on earth. The conditions are
stern, but they are glorious.

All that we build is going to be inspected by God. Is God going to
detect in His searching fire that we have built on the foundation of
Jesus some enterprise of our own? These are days of tremendous
enterprises, days when we are trying to work for God, and therein is
the snare. Profoundly speaking, we can never work for God. Jesus
takes us over for His enterprises, His building schemes entirely, and
no soul has any right to claim where he shall be put.

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