Now Playing: Are we seeking to be nearer to Christ ?
We need to be watchful against boasting, as people do in these days; need to be still, in the presence of God. There is much independence and self will almost everywhere.
If any one speaks of separation from evil, without being humiliated, let him take care lest his position becomes simply only that which at all times has constituted sects, and produced doctrinal heresy.
Nearness to Christ would keep us from sectarianism, the most natural weed of the human heart. (Sectarianism is getting an interest in a little circle around ourselves)
Now I know, at the present time, of no service, which is worthy of Him, if it is not done in humiliation. This is not the time to speak of a place for ourselves. If the Church of God, so dear to Christ, is dishonoured, in this world; if it is scattered, ignorant, afflicted, He who has the mind of Christ will always take the lowest place. True service of love will seek to give according to the need, and because of their need, He will never think of slighting the objects of the Master's love because of their necessity.
Men taught of God, for His service, go forth from a place of strength, where they have learned their own weakness and their own nothingness. They find that Jesus is everything in the presence of God, and Jesus is everything for them in all things, and everywhere. Such men in the hands of the Holy Spirit, are real helps for the children of God, and they will not contend for a place, or a distinction, or for authority, amoung the scattered flock. The communion of a man with God about the Church will show itself in a willingness to be nothing in himself, and such an one will rejoice in his heart to spend and be spent.