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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Service Of Passionate Devotion"


June 19, 2012


Lovest thou Me? ... Feed My sheep.

John 21:16

Jesus did not say - Make converts to your way of thinking, but look
after My sheep, see that they get nourished in the knowledge of Me.
We count as service what we do in the way of Christian work; Jesus
Christ calls service what we are to Him, not what we do for Him.
Discipleship is based on devotion to Jesus Christ, not on adherence
to a belief or a creed. "If any man come to Me and hate not..., he
cannot be My disciple." There is no argument and no compulsion, but
simply - If you would be My disciple, you must be devoted to Me. A
man touched by the Spirit of God suddenly says - "Now I see Who Jesus
is," and that is the source of devotion.

To-day we have substituted credal belief for personal belief, and
that is why so many are devoted to causes and so few devoted to Jesus
Christ. People do not want to be devoted to Jesus, but only to the
cause He started. Jesus Christ is a source of deep offence to the
educated mind of to-day that does not want Him in any other way than
as a Comrade. Our Lord's first obedience was to the will of His
Father, not to the needs of men; the saving of men was the natural
outcome of His obedience to the Father. If I am devoted to the cause
of humanity only, I will soon be exhausted and come to the place
where my love will falter; but if I love Jesus Christ personally and
passionately, I can serve humanity though men treat me as a door-mat.
The secret of a disciple's life is devotion to Jesus Christ, and the
characteristic of the life is its unobtrusiveness. It is like a corn
of wheat, which falls into the ground and dies, but presently it will
spring up and alter the whole landscape (John 12:24).

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