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Friday, June 15, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Get A Move On"


June 15, 2012


And beside this ... add . .

2 Peter 1:5

You have inherited the Divine nature, says Peter (v.4), now screw
your attention down and form habits, give diligence, concentrate.
"Add" means all that character means. No man is born either naturally
or supernaturally with character, he has to make character. Nor are
we born with habits; we have to form habits on the basis of the new
life God has put into us. We are not meant to be illuminated
versions, but the common stuff of ordinary life exhibiting the marvel
of the grace of God. Drudgery is the touchstone of character. The
great hindrance in spiritual life is that we will look for big things
to do. "Jesus took a towel...and began to wash the disciples' feet."

There are times when there is no illumination and no thrill, but just
the daily round, the common task. Routine is God's way of saving us
between our times of inspiration. Do not expect God always to give
you His thrilling minutes, but learn to live in the domain of
drudgery by the power of God.

It is the "adding" that is difficult. We say we do not expect God to
carry us to heaven on flowery beds of ease, and yet we act as if we
did! The tiniest detail in which I obey has all the omnipotent power
of the grace of God behind it. If I do my duty, not for duty's sake,
but because I believe God is engineering my circumstances, then at
the very point of my obedience the whole superb grace of God is mine
through the Atonement.

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