Marcus and I are hosting/leading a Bible study. We have been using “The Story Formed Way”, which goes through the Bible from beginning to end. Get it free here. There is also a children’s version, The Story of God. We are desiring to grow to be like Jesus. This Sunday, we are focusing on the Holy Spirit and the beginning churches. We listened to a sermon by John Piper the other night on what it means to, why we should and how to walk in the Spirit. Just in case you are interested in hearing it, here is the link:
It is worth taking the time to listen to.
This morning, Marcus brought something for me to read. It is entitled “Others May…You Cannot” by GD Watson (1845-1924). It really blessed me and it confirmed everything I have been learning lately. I have typed it out below. I pray it blesses you as well. I apologize for not citing this work. I can’t even remember what format this was in!
If God has called you to really be like Jesus, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put upon you such demands of obedience, that you will not be able to follow other people, or measure yourself by other Christians, and in many ways, He will seem to let other people do things which He will not let you do.
Others may boast of themselves, or their work, or their successes, or their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep humiliation, that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.
Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, or may have a legacy left to them, but it is likely God will keep you poor, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence upon Him, that He may have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day out of an ‘unseen treasury’.
He may let others be great, but keep you small. He may let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it, but He will make you work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing: and then to make your work all the more precious, He may let others get credit for the work which you have done, and thus make you reward ten times greater when Jesus comes!
The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you, with jealous love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never feel distressed over. So, make up your mind, that God is an infinite Sovereign, and has the right to do as He pleases with His own. He may not explain to you a thousand things which puzzle your reason in His dealing with you, but if you absolutely sell yourself to be His love slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love, and bestow upon you many blessings which come only to those who are in the inner circle.
WOW!! There is so much packed in that quote! Some things that stick out for me:
I will not be able to follow other people.
I have seen a rise in believers becoming followers of people – or to put it more bluntly, becoming someone’s disciple instead of being Jesus’ disciple. I want to be drawn into Him so closely that I will NOT desire follow someone else!
I will not boast in myself or my works.
This one really hits home – I have heard so much boasting lately! I recently had the honour to share ‘my story’ at our church’s ladies tea. That was such an honour – and so very humbling. My heart’s desire was to point directly to Christ. Not myself. Not someone else. Sure, I had some people who were instrumental in my healing, BUT they do not get credit for my healing – that belongs solely to Jesus! I do not want people coming back to me saying “your story healed me, you rescued me” – ummm…no, I did not! Jesus did! Just like when Paul was upset with the Corinthians and said he was so glad he had baptized only 2 people lest they said they were baptized in Paul’s name. That’s the 1st chapter in 1 Corinthians.
Others will be allowed to make money, but I will likely be poor.
This is so good! I can’t tell you how many years Marcus and I strived to be wealthy. Marcus wanted to be a millionaire so he would be able to be at home with our children. Sure, a very noble desire, right? But I think of all of the years we wasted trying to get rich. I am so thankful we are not in that frame of mind anymore. Always striving, never at peace. We realized that our desire for money, our pursuing wealth was our god; it took the place of God in our hearts. We may have had a good reason to pursue it, BUT we made it our ultimate, we raised it to the level of an idol. The last few years have really been a test of trusting God for us. Marcus works from home and we have had to fully rely on God for the provision of his earnings. There were a few times over the last few years that we thought for sure he would need to seek work elsewhere and that the work he has now was over. But God has proven Himself trustworthy EVERY TIME! Somehow, Marcus continues to get truck loads even though he did not ‘win’ them in bidding. While we aren’t ‘poor’, we are certainly not self-reliant. We are God-reliant! The trust and faith that has been built up in us through these experiences is amazing. I would not trade it for wealth of any other kind. We no longer look to the idol of self-reliance, we look to the One who provides when we completely depend upon Him.
What spoke to you in Watson’s message? Has it helped you to keep resting your heart in Him?
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