“Fellow labourer in the
gospel of Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 3:2
After sanctification it is difficult to
state what your aim in life is, because God has taken you up into His purpose
by the Holy Ghost; He is using you now for His purposes throughout the world as
He used His Son for the purpose of our salvation. If you seek great things for
yourself – God has called me for this and that; you are putting a barrier to
God's use of you. As long as you have a personal interest in your own
character, or any set ambition, you cannot get through into identification with
God's interests. You can only get there by losing for ever any idea of yourself
and by letting God take you right out into His purpose for the world, and
because your goings are of the Lord, you can never understand your ways.
I have to learn that the aim in life is
God's, not mine. God is using me from His great personal standpoint, and all He
asks of me is that I trust Him, and never say – Lord, this gives me such
heart-ache. To talk in that way makes me a clog. When I stop telling God what I
want, He can catch me up for what He wants without let or hindrance. He can
crumple me up or exalt me, He can do anything He chooses. He simply asks me to
have implicit faith in Himself and in His goodness. Self pity is of the devil,
if I go off on that line I cannot be used by God for His purpose in the world.
I have "a world within the world" in which I live, and God will never
be able to get me outside it because I am afraid of being frost-bitten.