12-17. Be, To Do
The Spirit of truth takes of what is Mine and will make it known to you” (John 16:15, Wey.).
Fruitful service results from growth, not works. All sharing must be motivated and governed by life: “the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:2).
“The Holy Spirit came to reproduce the Lord Jesus in the lives of men and women. The Church is that or it is nothing; the teaching relates to that, or it has no meaning. Any movement of the Spirit is in that direction, or we have entirely misunderstood. He came to conform us to the image of the Son; everything has to be tested by that.
“All our activities and efforts and energies and expenditures; all our sacrifices, our movements and our teaching: everything that has become a part of Christianity’ has to be measured by the one rule – is it resulting in the reproduction of the Lord Jesus Christ in the lives of men and women, so that it is demonstrated from heaven that He is as truly here in this world now as ever He was in history?” -T. A-S.
“It is a mistake to measure spiritual maturity merely by the presence of gifts. They may be present and they may be valuable, but the Spirit’s object is something far greater – to form the Lord Jesus Christ in us through the work of the Cross. It is not merely that a man does certain things or speaks certain words, but that he is a certain kind of man. In the long run it is what we are, and not simply what we say or do – and the difference lies in the formation of the Lord Jesus within.”
“The Father first uses the active talents of His servants; then He polishes the other side of the stone, making the passive graces shine – patience, meekness, etc.”
“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” (Gal. 4:19).