Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Monday, September 23, 2013

Oh so busy!

 they made me keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept. ~ Song of Solomon 1:6b

We may be active in our Lord's cause—but not
spiritual in our own souls. We may be earnest
for the salvation of others—but not be living in
the joys of salvation ourselves. We may be
instrumentally distributing the bread and water
of life—but not be enjoying daily refreshment
in our own experience. I do sorrowfully think
that this is too much the case in the present day.

The reason why I thus judge, is from finding people
so lively in conversing upon what they are doing for
the Lord—yet so slow to speak of what He is doing for
them. They seem delighted to tell of the great things
which are going on all around—but immediately shrink
back if any 'heart subject' is brought home to them.

In fact, if one speaks of personal enjoyment of the love
of Jesus, there is no response from some—but they put
it down to the score of egotism. While others refer to
years past, when they did feel Him to be precious—but
they confess that they know little of it now. They are
so occupied in what they call 'working for Him,' that they
hear little from Him, say little to Him, enjoy little of Him,
and may truly say, "While I was busy here and there,
He had left."

It is most lamentable for any living soul to be in 
constant religious engagements
 for the good of
others—while following Jesus "afar off." Very many
such I fear there are; as well as hundreds who only
know Him in the judgment—and yet are continually
reading, teaching, and conversing on His blessed
name. This is a day of great profession—but yet real
vital godliness is at a low ebb, and close walking with
God in sweet communion is too little sought after. 

Solemn, indeed, are these facts!

We may well say, with David, "Search me, O God,
and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead
me along the path of everlasting life." 
Ps. 139:23-24

Ruth Bryan


Darrel said...

"Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.
"And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word.
"But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, 'Lord do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.'
"And Jesus answered and said to her, 'Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
" 'But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.'"
Luke 10:38-42

lyn said...

Amen Darrel, excellent verses!

God has been drawing me closer to Him these past couple of weeks and I am grateful. I have been guilty of not walking closer with Him or having that oh so sweet communion. I pray to, as A.W. Tozer says, 'follow hard after God'.