“As we apprehend God’s grace, we have ever lower thoughts of self and higher thoughts of Christ. The work of repentance is deepened daily in the believer’s heart.”
“We are not in heaven, but we are going on to get possession of it.
The Holy Spirit is down here, and we are highly favored. We must
be captivated by Him ( Jesus Christ). He is not One who will not
attend to our small matters. No, He comes down to the smallest
thing, and helps us out that we may be in company ( communion)
with Him, and now I shrink from anything that would hinder my
communion with Him. I am acquainted with Him now, and having
got the taste of heaven, then I come out in a new way to face every
obstruction between me and heaven, and the only thing I dread
is myself; therefore I have to lay aside every weight and sin which
doth so easily beset (Hebrews 12:1). I do not doubt the power. The
Lord grant that we may be as attached to Him as Peter was (Matt.14).”
A number of years ago a Christian blacksmith who suffered much was challenged by an unbeliever to account for it.
“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)