Thursday, July 22, 2010

BREAKING THE RELIGIOUS RULES

NOTE:  T. Austin-Sparks' teachings from the Word were not known to me until very recently, though I grew up in the evangelical churches.  Now that I know the content of them, I'm not surprised.  His was a great ministry, but unlike many brothers today, a quietly effective one.  He is a brother who lived from 1888-1971 on this earth.  For Austin-Sparks, the centrality of Christ was everything, and God also has shown me through Scripture that this man of God was absolutely accurate.  It is all about Christ, not about us.  Read this with humility and the unafraid attitude of the Spirit, and you will see.

A. Brother

BREAKING THE RELIGIOUS RULES
T. AUSTIN-SPARKS

"The Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules. But Jesus replied, 'My Father is always working, and so am I.'” (John 5:16-17).

A true knowledge of the Lord Jesus will reverse a good many of our ideas, and a good many of our procedures. A true knowledge of Christ and union with Christ, with all that that means, will make us go to work in entirely the opposite way from that in which we have been accustomed to go.

We shall come to be governed by this one consideration, that it is not what we would do for the Lord, but what the Lord would do through us, that is alone to rule. 

It is a very testing way. You can hardly believe, unless you have been the same way, how often and intensely and bitterly the enemy fights and tempts you to come down on to a lower position, and to take up things again for God and launch big schemes, enter upon big undertakings, set up some thing on the earth that can be seen, because all those who are governed by that standard of things seen have said: 'You see, you are doing nothing! Show us what you are doing! You cannot show us anything for it all!' Satan does work on that line. 

To the flesh that is not easy. To go on with God and have nothing to show for it, never to be able to have the work written up in the papers, to publish no reports, nor statistics, and yet to know in your heart of hearts that, although it is hidden, something is going on, and that you cannot do otherwise than you are doing, is far from being a path of ease to the flesh.

It is a testing way, but, blessed be God, if we do endure the testing and go on patiently with Him, in His time, when that flesh has been finally laid low; when the voice of natural ambition is no longer sounding and having influence, and we are now utterly at the place where if things are not going to be of the Lord then there is not going to be anything at all, the Lord has a free way, and He is able to indicate that all the time something has been going on. 

He shows how He has been at work, and how that in time there will be manifested a work of God, a work that shall have such a large percentage of spiritual value and meaning in it that you are very glad, after all, that you walked with God and not with men in the work of God.

2 comments:

  1. finally a word of confirmation!
    thank you for posting this......

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  2. Yes, this confirms what many of us are struggling with. That the work of God is the opposite of what we've been taught. It's not what we do for God, but what He does in us by His power. We often "walk with men" in the work of God, instead of walking as Jesus did, in the Father, with the Father working through Him. In ungodly phrases we've been taught, such as "only what's done for Christ will last"--this man-inspired work is thrust on us. It is not what we do for Christ, because in our natural man we can't do anything. Jesus said, "Apart from Me you can do nothing." He meant it. He alone can do the work of the Father, and it is Christ indwelling that does the work for us. We change into His likeness as we die daily to the old man, letting Christ have dominance in us more and more. We begin to live by the Spirit, not by fleshly works. Gradually, Christ's work becomes our work, and our hearts and hands, our minds and mouths, our arms and legs and feet, become His. He is resident, and we are His house, His temple, His branch to bear the fruit of His life in us.

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