My first call ...

This morning, I came across some text (via my wife, via Lorraine Thomas) which I found profoundly inspiring and challegning at the same time. Here it is:

When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you do not sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ

that is dying to self.

When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take it all in patient loving silence,

that is dying to self.

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, any impunctuality, or any annoyance; when you can stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility--and endure it as the Savior endured,

that is dying to self.

When you are content with any food, any offering, any raiment, any climate, any society, any solitude, any interruption by the will of God,

that is dying to self.

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works, or seek commendation, when you can truly love to be unknown,

that is dying to self.

When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met, and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances,

that is dying to self.

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself, and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within the heart,

that is dying to self.

As I read these words, I was deeply reminded that my first call as a follower of Christ is to live as he lived. And one of the greatest ways of finding out whether I was or not was this call of dying to self.

I cannot tick much off this awe imspiring list. Yet I was also massively encouraged because I know that as Holy Spirit works in me I am becoming more and more, by grace, this kind of person. I simply invite you to pray with me: Come, Holy Spirit, and help me grow further like Jesus.

Finally, to make sure I try to give honour where it is due, searching on the internet has generally listed this work as anonymous. It might be that the author is Bill Britton - but it is unclear if they are his words, or if simply he quoted them on a web page. Click here to decide for yourself.

Name:
Neil Townsend
Role:
Wantage Pastor

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