11-4. The Way Up Is Down
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ” (Phil. 3:7).
“Whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it” (Lk. 9:24). Once we learn this great paradox of the Lord, all will be gain, our good, and His glory.
“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ’ (Eph. 3:8). Unto me, who am less than the least.’ In spiritual learning we take degrees downward, not upward, as in ordinary universities. It is a great temptation to those who serve to be arriving at something above the common standard, but God gives out His best work to less than the least.’ His service wants depth, not height.” -C.A.C.
“The test of genuine revelation is as to whether the one concerned is manifestly well crucified to a desire for power, position, influence. Can that one be resisted, assailed, thwarted, rejected, without in some form seeking to come out even or on top? An element of personal domination or self-vindication will spoil the outreach and discredit the servant. Oh, the peril of getting hold of Divine Truth in order to use it!” -T. A-S.
“We are wounded in order that we may learn from the great Physician how to bind up wounds and give aid. The Father visits us with trials in order to teach us to carry the burdens of others. We ourselves must first go to school before we can be teachers of others.”
“Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you” (John 15:16).