Useful in the Hand of God

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Is it your desire to be useful to God?  Consider this quote and ask the Lord, along with me, what He is saying to us.

“The failure of the church is due to man bringing in his natural ability.  Oh, we all must be brought by God to the place where we are trembling and fearful lest we do anything without the Lord.  We must become such a person – not merely speaking such things, but actually being such persons.  Then we will become useful in the hand of God…

The day must come when our strength to do good and our ability to serve God are broken.  Then we will confess before God and man that we can do nothing.  Henceforth, Christ will be able to manifest His power upon us.  We all must be brought by God to the place where we see that we can do nothing in the church with our natural strength.  Many people think  that as long as their motive is correct, it is good enough.  But this is not the case.  When you say you are working, the Lord will ask, “By what are you working?”  If you say that you are zealous, the Lord will ask, “From where does your zeal come?”  If you say that you have power, the Lord will ask, “What is the source of your power?”  The question is not what you are doing, but with what you are doing it.  The problem is not whether or not the matter is good, but what is the source of the goodness.”

Chinese Christian Watchman Nee in The Glorious Church

What did you hear?

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Brian J. Yu says:

    I learned the other day that prayer should be the foundation of my work for the Lord and not just an appendix to it (from Joel Beeke). Through prayer, I recognize once again that I am powerless to do much on my own and that I am in constant need of the presence of God.

  2. rogerthoman says:

    I love this. “The failure of the church is due to man bringing in his natural ability.” Good stuff!

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