Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Church's Hope--Me?

By Belinda

Oswald Chambers writes in yesterday's My Utmost for His Highest, of the feebleness of The Church of a century ago. So then, the condition of the Bride of Christ now, is not a new thing.

Lord, is this the way it will always be--this pale imitation of your intention?

The answer lies within "you" he whispers, for as your condition is, so is that of The Church.

It is not then so very mysterious, or impossible to change...

Worldly grief produces death.

When Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and went off home to his own city. He set his house in order and hanged himself, and he died.—A crushed spirit who can bear?
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored?—The Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,… to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit.—“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Philip… told him the good news about Jesus.—He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
(From yesterday's Daily Light)


Susan said...

If the Church's hope is me, then we're in big trouble. BIG trouble.

Hmmm. You've given me a lot to think about. If I'm the Church's hope then I have a lot of adjustments to make...

Belinda said...

No, no, it's me! I'm the Church's hope. :) too, then.:)

Susan said...

That makes double trouble...