• My Utmost for His Highest

    The ministry of the interior

    But ye are . . . a royal priesthood. 1 Peter 2:9. By what right do we become “a royal priesthood”? By the right of the Atonement. Are we prepared to leave ourselves resolutely alone and to launch out into the priestly work of prayer? The continual grubbing on the inside to see whether we are what we ought to be, generates a self-centred, morbid type of Christianity, not the robust, simple life of the child of God. Until we…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    Have you come to “when” yet?

    And the Lord turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends. Job 42:10. The plaintive, self-centred, morbid kind of prayer, a dead-set that I want to be right, is never found in the New Testament. The fact that I am trying to be right with God is a sign that I am rebelling against the Atonement. ‘Lord, I will purify my heart if You will answer my prayer; I will walk rightly if You will help me.’…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    The service of passionate devotion

    Lovest thou Me? Feed My sheep. John 21:16. Jesus did not say—Make converts to your way of thinking, but look after My sheep, see that they get nourished in the knowledge of Me. We count as service what we do in the way of Christian work; Jesus Christ calls service what we are to Him, not what we do for Him. Discipleship is based on devotion to Jesus Christ, not on adherence to a belief or a creed. “If any…

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    Don’t think now, take the road

    And Peter . . . walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid. Matthew 14:29-30. The wind was actually boisterous, the waves were actually high, but Peter did not see them at first. He did not reckon with them, he simply recognized his Lord, and stepped out in recognition of Him and walked on the water. Then he began to reckon with the actual things, and down he went instantly.…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    The uncritical temper

    Judge not, that ye be not judged. Matthew 7:1. Jesus says regarding judging—Don’t. The average Christian is the most penetratingly critical individual. Criticism is a part of the ordinary faculty of man; but in the spiritual domain nothing is accomplished by criticism. The effect of criticism is a dividing up of the powers of the one criticized; the Holy Ghost is the One in the true position to criticize, He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    What do you make of this

    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend . . . . I have called you friends. John 15:13, 15. Jesus does not ask me to die for Him, but to lay down my life for Him. Peter said—“I will lay down my life for Thy sake,” and he meant it; his sense of the heroic was magnificent. It would be a bad thing to be incapable of making such a…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    Get a move on

    In the Matter of Drudgery. And beside this, . . . add. 2 Peter 1:5. You have inherited the Divine nature, says Peter (v. 4), now screw your attention down and form habits, give diligence, concentrate. “Add” means all that character means. No man is born either naturally or supernaturally with character; he has to make character. Nor are we born with habits; we have to form habits on the basis of the new life God has put into us.…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    Get a move on

    In the Matter of Determination. Abide in Me. John 15:4. The Spirit of Jesus is put into me by the Atonement, then I have to construct with patience the way of thinking that is exactly in accordance with my Lord. God will not make me think like Jesus, I have to do it myself; I have to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. “Abide in Me”— in intellectual matters, in money matters, in every one of…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    Getting there

    Where the selective affinity dies and the sanctified abandon lives. Come ye after Me. Mark 1:17. One of the greatest hindrances in coming to Jesus is the excuse of temperament. We make our temperament and our natural affinities barriers to coming to Jesus. The first thing we realize when we come to Jesus is that He pays no attention whatever to our natural affinities. We have the notion that we can consecrate our gifts to God. You cannot consecrate what…