ZEAL WITHOUT POWER
As I sit in my hospital room reading a book written about C. T. Studd, missionary to Africa, I came across a moving statement that I want to share with you.
C. T. Studd “had yet another lesson to learn of infinite importance for his future work – that mere zeal would never make him a successful worker for Christ. He must have power. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). The consequence was that when he definitely set himself to seek and find God’s plan for his life, the first answer God gave was a revelation of his own need, and the next, that this need could be supplied by receiving the fullness of the Holy Spirit.”
Grubb, Norman, C. T. Studd – Cricketer & Pioneer, Christian Literature Crusade, 1982, page 36.
My own experience confirms the observation by Studd. Desire and zeal to answer God’s call, if rightly understood, will give you a deep sense of need. No call of God can be properly answered without a cry for God to fill us with His power. If this is not our deep longing, we will seek to follow God’s call through human means and the result will be human pride and no fruit. It is important that we test our motives and intentions. Fruitfulness results from dependence (John 15:5).
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