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20 The Right Lines Of Work
if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto Me.” John 12:32
Very few of
us have any understanding of the reason why Jesus Christ died. If sympathy is
all that human beings need, then the Cross of Christ is a farce, there was no
need for it. What the world needs is not “a little bit of love,” but a surgical
When you are
face to face with a soul in difficulty spiritually, remind yourself of Jesus
Christ on the Cross. If that soul can get to God on any other line, then the
Cross of Jesus Christ is unnecessary. If you can help others by your sympathy
or understanding, you are a traitor to Jesus Christ. You have to keep your soul
rightly related to God and pour out for others on His line, not pour out on the
human line and ignore God. The great note to-day is amiable religiosity.
thing we have to do is to exhibit Jesus Christ crucified, to lift Him up all
the time. Every doctrine that is not imbedded in the Cross of Jesus will lead
astray. If the worker himself believes in Jesus Christ and is banking on the
Reality of Redemption, the people he talks to must be concerned. The thing that
remains and deepens is the worker's simple relationship to Jesus Christ; his
usefulness to God depends on that and that alone.
of a New Testament worker is to uncover sin and to reveal Jesus Christ as
Saviour, consequently he cannot be poetical, he must be sternly surgical. We
are sent by God to lift up Jesus Christ, not to give wonderfully beautiful
discourses. We have to probe straight down as deeply as God has probed us, to
be keen in sensing the Scriptures which bring the truth straight home and to
apply them fearlessly.