Tag: Caleb

Standing Alone

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Thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities—Luke 19:17

It is not our success in service that counts, but our fidelity. Caleb and Joshua were faithful and God remembered their faithfulness when the day of visitation came. For them it was a very difficult and unpopular position. For us, too. We are called in the crises of our lives to stand alone. In the very matter of trusting God for victory over sin and our full inheritance in Christ we all have to be tested as they.

Even in the Church of God our brethren, while admitting in the abstract the loveliness and advantages of life-in Christ, tell us that it is impracticable and impossible. Many of us have had to stand alone for years witnessing to the power of Christ to save His people to the uttermost. Like Joshua and Caleb, we have had to follow God alone as we followed Him wholly. But this is the real victory of faith and the proof of our uncompromising fidelity.

Let us not, therefore, complain when we suffer reproach for our testimony or stand alone for God. Let us, rather, thank Him that He so honors us and stand the test so that He can afterwards use us when the multitudes are glad to follow.

by A.B. Simpson

True Christian Discipleship

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“Then He said to them all: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take  up his cross daily and follow Me.” Luke 9:23

True Christian discipleship demands an uncompromising avowal of attachment to Christ, and of adherence to His truth. The offence of the cross has not ceased! A real decision for the Redeemer cannot exist without some sacrifice, demanded and made, as a term of discipleship.