"I would like to address Christian workers. Our great thought has been that of work. But what is needed if God is to bless His workers? How is God’s power to come and to work? Beloved, Christ is the power of God, and we need more of Christ, we need the whole Christ, we need Christ revealed in us by the Holy Spirit; then the power of God will work. We referred to a church so filled with the Holy Spirit that He could say to that church, “Set apart for me the men that I have called for my work.”We spoke of workers as people who are ready and willing to be set apart for the Holy Spirit. How can each church be brought to this condition? Only in one way. John the Baptist preached Christ who baptized “with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”That tells me Jesus Christ is the one from whom the Holy Spirit must come in ever new and larger measure; if you want the power of God’s Spirit to be revealed in and through the church, it must come from a closer attachment to Christ, a closer union with Him, a larger revelation of Christ dwelling in believers. A blessing then must come. Did not Jesus say, “He that believes in me, out of him shall flow rivers of living water”? And is not this by faith, by believing that Christ comes and dwells in the heart and becomes the fountain out of which the Holy Spirit flows?
What do we read in the last chapter of the Revelation of John? “And He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” Yes, when the Lamb sat down upon the throne of glory, the river of water of life flowed out. It is the Lamb who must lead us to the fountains of living water and give them within our hearts, so that we will have power to work among men—not the power of reason, not the power of human love, zeal, earnestness, and diligence, but the power that comes from God. Are you ready for that power? Are you ready to surrender yourself absolutely to God and receive it? Can you truly say, “Lord, I am totally surrendered to you. It is done in weakness and in trembling, but it is done. I have received a small portion of what I know you can give, but as an empty vessel, cleansed and humble, I place myself at your feet again, day by day and moment by moment, and I wait upon you”? And, believer, what no eye has seen nor ear heard, what men have never been able to conceive, what you have not conceived, God will do for those who wait for Him, for those who love Him.
Church life will profit us very little unless it leads us closer to God, to have larger expectations from God, and closer fellowship with God. How can that be? Christ Jesus can do it for us. Christ is our life. He will live in us the same life He lived on the earth. Shall we not expect Him to do it in the fullness of His promise? Shall we not come with every sin, every hindrance, every shortcoming, everything that causes self-condemnation, and cast it all at His feet, believing that the blood cleanses and Jesus gives deliverance? Believe, expect, and accept that God will reveal Christ within us in the power of the Holy Spirit. God grant it to every believer."
Absolute Surrender by Murray, Andrew
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