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9 Do It Yourself
“Bringing into captivity
every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
This is another aspect of the strenuous nature of
sainthood. Paul says, “I take every project prisoner to make it obey Christ.”
(Moffatt.) How much Christian work there is to-day which has never been
disciplined, but has simply sprung into being by impulse! In Our Lord's life
every project was disciplined to the will of His Father. There was not a
movement of an impulse of His own will as distinct from His Father's – “The Son
can do nothing of Himself.” Then take ourselves – a vivid religious experience,
and every project born of impulse put into action immediately, instead of being
imprisoned and disciplined to obey Christ.
This is a day when practical work is
overemphasized, and the saints who are bringing every project into captivity
are criticized and told that they are not in earnest for God or for souls. True
earnestness is found in obeying God, not in the inclination to serve Him that
is born of undisciplined human nature. It is inconceivable, but true
nevertheless, that saints are not bringing every project into captivity, but
are doing work for God at the instigation of their own human nature which has
not been spiritualized by determined discipline.
We are apt to forget that a man is not only
committed to Jesus Christ for salvation; he is committed to Jesus Christ's view
of God, of the world, of sin and of the devil, and this will mean that he must
recognize the responsibility of being transformed by the renewing of his mind.