OTHERS MAY - YOU CANNOT
“If God has called you to be really like Jesus, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put upon you such demands of obedience, that you will not be able to measure yourself by other Christians; and in many ways, He will seem to let other good people do things which He will never let you do.
Other Christians and ministers, who seem very religious and useful, can push themselves, pull wires and work schemes to carry out their Christian goals, but these things you simply cannot do. Others may boast of their work or their writings or their success, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you ever try it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.”
G. D. Watson (1845-1924)
As Jesus was about to leave His disciples and this earth, Peter became concerned about his fellow-disciple John, whether he would die as Peter would. “Jesus said to him, “If it is My will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me” (John 21:22). The path of commitment God has chosen for me may not be the same as someone else. The most important thing for each of us is that we are walking in closeness with the Lord and know what His will is for us. As the path for Peter and John were different, so was Barnabas and Paul and neither violated the Scriptures. God’s work is accomplished best through our intimacy with Him, not following men.
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