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"THE SPIRITUAL SAINT"
THAT I MAY KNOW HIM...Phil. 3:10.
The initiative of the saint is not towards self-realization, but towards knowing Jesus Christ.
The spiritual saint never believes circumstances
to be haphazard, or thinks of his life as secular
and sacred; he sees everything he is dumped
down in as the means of securing the knowledge
of Jesus Christ. There is reckless abandonment
about him. The Holy Spirit is determined that
we shall realize Jesus Christ in every domain of
life, and He will bring us back to the same point
again and again until we do. Self-realization
leads to the enthronement of work; whereas the
saint enthrones Jesus Christ in his work.
Whether it be eating or drinking or washing
disciples' feet, whatever it is, we have to take
the initiative of realizing Jesus Christ in it.
Every phase of our actual life has its counterpart
in the life of Jesus. Our Lord realized His
relationship to, the Father even in the most
menial work. "Jesus knowing...that He was
come from God, and went to God...took a
towel...and began to wash the disciples' feet."
The aim of the spiritual saint is "that I may
know Him." Do I know Him where I am today?
If not, I am failing Him. I am here not to realize
myself, but to know Jesus. In Christian work the
initiative is too often the realization that
something has to be done and I must do it. That
is never the attitude of the spiritual saint, his
aim is to secure the realization of Jesus Christ
in every set of circumstances he is in.
Streams in the Desert Devotional
Source of quote is Anonymous