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November 27 The Consecration Of Spiritual Energy
“By whom the world is
crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Galatians 6:14
If I brood on the Cross of Christ, I do
not become a subjective pietist, interested in my own whiteness; I become
dominantly concentrated on Jesus Christ's interests. Our Lord was not a recluse
nor an ascetic, He did not cut Himself off from society, but He was inwardly
disconnected all the time. He was not aloof, but He lived in another world. He
was so much in the ordinary world that the religious people of His day called
Him a glutton and a wine-bibber. Our Lord never allowed anything to interfere
with His consecration of spiritual energy.
The counterfeit of consecration is the
conscious cutting off of things with the idea of storing spiritual power for
use later on, but that is a hopeless mistake. The Spirit of God has spoiled the
sin of a great many, yet there is no emancipation, no fullness in their lives.
The kind of religious life we see abroad to-day is entirely different from the
robust holiness of the life of Jesus Christ. “I pray not that Thou shouldest
take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil.”
We are to be in the world but not of it; to be disconnected fundamentally, not
We must never allow anything to interfere
with the consecration of our spiritual energy. Consecration is our part,
sanctification is God's part; and we have deliberately to determine to be
interested only in that in which God is interested. The way to solve perplexing
problems is to ask – Is this the kind of thing in which Jesus Christ is
interested, or the kind of thing in which the spirit that is the antipodes of
Jesus is interested?