Mr. Standfast

"Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace." G. K. Chesterton

June 02, 2004


"You see, God has set up a standard, God has presented His model, God has given us His object for our conformity and the next thing we come up against is the utter impossibility of being that. Yes, of ourselves it cannot be. Have you not learned the lesson of despair yet? Is it necessary for the Holy Spirit to make you despair again? Why not have one good despair and get it all over? Why despair every few days? Only because you are still hunting for something somewhere, some rag of goodness in yourself that you can present to God that will please Him, satisfy Him and answer His requirements. You will not find it. Settle it that 'all our righteousness is filthy rags'. . . . We will not find rest unto our souls until we have first of all learned the utter difference between Christ and ourselves, and then the utter impossibility of our ever being like Him by anything that we can ever find in ourselves, produce or do. It is not in us, in ourselves, in that way. So we had better despair our last despair in regard to ourselves."

T. Austin-Sparks, The School of Christ


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Blogger Jackie said...

Oooohhhh, yes.....

9:45 PM  

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