11/11/13

Abide in Christ: The Eighteenth Day

Abide in Christ
by Andrew Murray
In Stillness of Soul
"In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength." Isa. 30:15
"So that just in proportion as he [the Christian] yields himself a truly passive instrument in the hand of God, will he be wielded of God as the active instrument of His almighty power."

"And how slow many are to learn that quietness is blessedness, that quietness is strength, that quietness is the source of the highest activity - the secret of all true abiding in Christ!"

Working with Christ is not like a partnership.  It is not as if God does His part and we must do our part. We wait and let God work in us. To have the Spirit work in us, there must be a stillness and silence. It is totally contrary from what we normally think.  We think we must strive and work for Christ.  But our serving the Lord is empty without the communion with Him.  We can serve in Sunday School, sing in the choir, or even volunteer for every Vacation Bible School.  If we are not silent and rest in the presence of God and Christ, our serving will soon fizzle.  We will lose strength. It is so vital that we have that daily quiet time with Christ.  We do not call is quiet time because we are easily distracted or busy.  We must use that time (whether 5 minutes or 30 minutes) to meditate, pray, and read Scripture.  If you do not have a plan, here are a few Bible Reading Plans.  Some wonderful devotionals to guide you can also be found here. To do the work of God, we must spend the time resting and praying in His presence.  I am thankful that this journey through Andrew Murray's book "Abide in Christ" has allowed me to make the time for quiet time.  I pray the habit continues even after the 31 days.




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