OTHERS MAY, YOU CANNOT

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

If God has called you to be really like Jesus, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put on 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 good people do things which he will not let you do.

Other Christians who seem very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you cannot do it; and if you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.

Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their success, of 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 mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others may be allowed to succeed at making money, or may have a legacy left to them, but it is likely God will keep you poor, becaue He wants you to have something far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence on Him , that He may have the privilege of supplying your needs day-by-day out of an unseen treasury.

The Lord may let others be honored and put forward and keep you hidden away in obscurity, because He wants you to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory which can only be produced in the shade. 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 to make your work still more precious, He may let others get the credit for the work which you have done, and thus make your reward ten times greater when Jesus comes back.

The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you with a jealous love and will rebuke you for little words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over. So make up your mind that God is an Infinitely Sovereign Being and has the right to do as He pleases with His own; He may not explain to you a thousand things that puzzle your reason in His dealings with you, but if you absolutely sell yourslef to be His love slave, He will wrap you in a jealous love and bestow upon you many blessings that come only to those who are in the inner circle.

Settle it forever then that you are to deal direcly with the Holy Spirit, and that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes in ways that He does not seem to use with others. Now, when you are so possessed with the Living God that your secret heart becomes pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the entrance hall of heaven.

By G.D. Watson (1845-1924)

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