Pressed out of measure, and pressed to all length;
Pressed so intensely it seems beyond strength;
Pressed in the body and pressed in the soul;
Pressed in the mind till the dark surges roll;
Pressure by foes, and pressure by friends;
Pressure on pressure till life nearly ends.
Pressed into knowing no helper but God;
Pressed into loving the staff and the rod;
Pressed into liberty where nothing clings;
Pressed into faith for impossible things;
Pressed into living a life in the Lord;
Pressed into living a Christ-life outpoured.
“Love of Christ the only right motive.” The central meaning is that love
of Himself is the only motive which gives to service a value in the eyes
of the Lord. Three times our Lord asks Peter if he loves Him, and in
answer to Peter’s confession that he does love Him, and that the Lord
knows that he loves Him, the Lord thrice commissions Peter for service.
Lovest thou me? Feed my lambs. John 21:15
We sometimes pray that we may have a love for souls; we even pray
that we may have “a great burden” for souls. I have known young people,
who are preparing for missionary work, to pray that they might have a great
love for the people in Africa, or whatever the chosen field might be. But
Peter is not asked if he loves the lambs and if he loves the sheep. You can
see how that motive would break down. The question is,
Lovest thou me? —John 21:16
Then feed “my lambs,” “my sheep.” Any any other motive in service is not,
with Christ, a sufficient motive.
How many of us…are serving out of mere denominational loyalty and zeal,
or out of our deep interest in some organization in which we are officers
or members? I believe there is great need for deep heart-searching just
at this point. Is the central motive of our service personal love for Him?
And is this the one test which we propose to ourselves every day in our
(excerpt from “In Many Pulpits”….Dr. C.I. Scofield)
The world system is doomed. Let there be no hesitancy in our witness to this fact. Out of the impending catastrophe souls are being rescued by the abounding grace of our Lord. It is ours to seek them, bearing witness to our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us then not waste time in vain attempts to shore up the tottering fabric, but let us busy ourselves in that which is the great work which our Lord has allotted to us. To be thoroughly for Him and His interests, is to be thoroughly outside the world system and its hopes.
We look, not for a perfected system of democracy, but for “the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body” (Phil. 3:20, 21), and as for this earth, we look for the setting up of the kingdom of Christ by the God of heaven, which shall never be destroyed but shall stand for ever.
F. B. Hole
“not unto us O Lord not unto us but unto Thy Name give glory for His mercy and for Thy truth’s sake” (Psalm 115:1). F.B. Hole lived and laboured in the certainty of the resurrection life, and in the promise of the vision of perfect blessedness because he believed in a living Redeemer. During the last conversation Mr.Blackburn had with him, Mr. Hole said “I have had at times to occupy myself with the subtleties of the Faith but now that I am very old I have come back to simple things.“
He was a humble man. His contributions at fellowship meetings were usually brief but very worthwhile. His hymn in Spiritual Songs is no. 159, “O God of Grace whose saving power”. How true the fourth line, more evident now 33 years after his death: “The ranks of faith grow thinner”. The writer of these notes can remember Mr. Hole’s illustrating the difference between appropriation and assimilation by the following stories:
“Some boys were playing marbles when along came a bully who stole the marbles and put them in his pocket and ran off. The boys chased him and eventually overpowered him and made him restore their marbles to them. He had appropriated them but they did not become part of him. But a boy is about to eat an apple and another boy comes and steals it and runs off. The boy follows him and catches him but there was nothing left but the core. The apple was now assimilated into the thief’s system”.
Mr Hole was emphasising the need for formation by assimilating the Word of God into our spiritual lives.
“Each one of us here today will at one time in our lives look upon a loved one who is in need and ask the same question: We are willing to help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don’t know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it is those we live with and should know who elude us. But we can still love them – we can love completely without complete understanding.”
― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It