Words that spoke, right into my heart, today…
"The new Testament notices things which from our standards do not seem to count.
“Blessed are the poor in spirt,” literally--Blessed are the paupers--an exceedingly commonplace thing! The preaching of today is apt to emphasize strength of will, beauty of character--the things that are easily noticed. The phrase we hear so often, Decide for Christ, is an emphasis on something our Lord never trusted. He never asks us to decide for Him, but to yield to Him--a very different thing.
At the basis of Christ's Kingdom is the unaffected loveliness of the commonplace.
The thing I am blessed in is my poverty. If I know I have no strength of will, no nobility of disposition, the Jesus says--Blessed are you, because it is through this poverty that I enter His Kingdom. I cannot enter His Kingdom as a good man or woman, I can only enter is as a pauper.
The true character of the loveliness that tells for God is always unconscious. Conscious influence is priggish and un-Christian. If I say--I wonder if I am of any use--I instantly lose that bloom of the touch of the Lord. “He that believeth in me, out of him shall flow rivers of living water.” If I examine the outflow, I lose the touch of the Lord.
Which are the people who have influenced us most? Not the ones who thought they did, but those who had not the remotest notion that they were influencing us. In the Christian life the implicit is never conscious; if it is conscious it ceases to have unaffected loveliness which is the characteristic of the touch of Jesus.
We always know when Jesus is at work because He produces in the commonplace something that is inspiring…
-"Blessed are the poor in sprit.” Matthew 5:3
-My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chamber