Daily Thoughts – Tired of being for others?

Daily Thoughts

Tired of Being for Others?

By Norman Grubb

Audio http://christasus.podbean.com/mobile/e/daily-thoughts-tired-of-being-for-others/

Now the danger arises of us thinking that we must rush about being not for ourselves but for others. By no means. Just go on being yourself and don’t give a thought about being for others. Just run your own life, accept yourself, be yourself, love yourself! Appreciate that you are a special person, specially gifted by God. For what? That’s not your business. Don’t try and run His business! Get on with your daily occupations and putting all your heart into them. But of course, there’s a catch in that. You are not really yourself, but Christ in you, Christ the real you. And He is for others and He knows exactly how He will reach others by you in your special life’s situation and with your special equipment, of which you may not even be conscious, and probably good that you are not! If you try to fuss around being something for others, for your neighbors, for good works in your church, your town or out to the world, you may be so occupied in the wrong direction that He will have to do some more work on you to get you where He really wants you!

He is love in us, other-love, so you just can’t help yourself. Without any kind of human effort, you just find yourself drawn into maybe love-contacts with naturally unpleasant neighbors; you find that folks somehow get in touch with you, because you are free from fussing about your affairs or theirs, just free to love, not to condemn or judge or try to change them, and one or another will be coming to you and pouring out their burdens. But when folks do find that you are available, you have to beware against being back under the law. The Spirit is original in each of us and He will get His original plan into action by you in some way which frees you from man-pleasing. So, we are back on the usual paradox: do nothing which stems from self-effort. But in being a do-nothing, you will actually be a do-everything, because the Real Doer whose aim is to get the world back to Himself will surely be busy by you in His own way and time. Yet watch even there when we say “He will be busy by you,” because times will come when you will appear to be useless on the shelf, as if God has forgotten you (how crazy can we be!), and the only word left which can suit you is, “Be still and know that I am God.” Very well, then, be still; and if God wants to be lazy in you, let Him be!

Excerpt taken from Who Am I? by Norman Grubb

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Union With Christ By T. Austin-Sparks

Daily Thoughts

Union With Christ

By T. Austin-Sparks

Union with Christ is the heart or centre of all that has been revealed of God’s thought concerning man and of mans’ relationship to God. Union with Christ is like the hub of a mighty wheel. There are many spokes to that wheel ­ election, creation, redemption, salvation, sanctification, glorification; and then, like a series of subsidiary spokes ­ repentance, faith, justification, conversion, regeneration, and so on. These are the spokes of the wheel, but they all centre in Christ and radiate from Christ and reach the rim, which is God. They unite us in Christ with God.

To give all this its true and full value, it is necessary to contemplate or have revealed to us the meaning of Christ, to see what an immense thing has taken place by the Son of God becoming the Son of man, by God becoming incarnate. It is a question of our being taken, not into Godhead or Deity, but into God’s Son incarnate.

Now, the first preachers of the Christ evangel preached Christ. They did not, in the first place, preach salvation or sanctification or forgiveness, or judgment or heaven. That does not mean that they did not preach those things: they did; but not in the first place. They preached Christ, and all those things were included in the preaching of Christ; Christ as inclusive of all and as transcending all; for, after all, such things as salvation and sanctification, forgiveness, justification, are subsidiaries, they come afterward. Christ was before them all and Christ will be after them all. They are inside of Christ, but He vastly outstrips them all.

From: Union with Christ.

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Hello Dolly by Tony Maden

After a late night uploading archived Louisville reunion and Norman Grubb audio files to the cloud for ease of sharing, I got to bed in the wee hours and slept through till 11am, showered, then afterwards Hello Dolly started coming through my mouth in song.

Almost daily the Lord reminds me of songs I vaguely remember from eons ago and some I’ve hardly heard at all.

It’s like God is singing to me -but in truth God is singing to Himself because I am God in my own form.

Today that song was Hello Dolly recorded by Louis Armstrong.

The Lyrics below were posted to YouTube by Mohamed Alaa

hello, Dolly,
this is louis, Dolly
It’s so nice to have you back where you belong
You’re lookin’ swell, Dolly
I can tell, Dolly
You’re still glowin’
You’re still crowin’
You’re still goin’ strong
I feel that room swayin’
While the band’s playin’
One of your old favourite songs from way back when
So take her wrap, fellas
Find her an empty lap, fellas
Dolly’ll never go away again

I love you too Lord, I’m glad to be back where I belong, settled in the truth that I am One with you, as you in my form.

P.S Hear Louis in his own words through this NPR post  https://www.npr.org/player/embed/121026170/121025406

 

Complete in Christ by Norman P. Grubb

Complete in Christ

by Norman P. Grubb

We are among, not just the Spirit—baptized members of the church at Corinth who rejoiced in their own spiritual riches and fullness, but among those with the marks of apostle¬ship: – weak, despised, poor, a “spec¬tacle” to be stared at as crazy, yet apostles – 1 Corinthians 4:9—13; 2 Corinthians 6:8— 10.

We see this as the glorious completion of the “completed man in Christ”, the human side of the mys¬tery of Christ in man; which Paul coupled together in his basic standard statement of Colossians 1:26—28

Colossians 1:26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.

Christ in us – verse 27; we, complete men in Christ verse 28. This was the ideal to which Paul pressed forward, not a perfection of sainthood, which had been his for years, but a perfection of co-saviourhood in the fulfillment at all costs of his high calling.

For him that was the glorious taking of the gospel to the Gentiles and the building up of the saints in Christ, his two-fold ministry – Colossians 1:23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

Simple As This by Norman Grubb

The Fellowship of His Sufferings by Norman P. Grubb

The Fellowship of His Sufferings

by Norman P. Grubb

For us also, not by our self efforts but by His own way of conditioning us, the Spirit will fix us who are willing from the heart in this same reversal of Paul’s, where our total passion becomes to hold nothing earthly —— whether loved ones, possessions, or life itself —— of any value except as how they may fit in our all—absorb¬ing passion, “the zeal of God’s house eating us up”.

In this way, we ‘win’ (Paul’s word) a leveling up with Christ, not now of reliance on Him for my own needs, but being aligned with Him in His Saviourhood. We are taken by the Spirit those same ways He went of utilizing the power of God at our faith disposal (which Paul called ‘the power of His resurrection”) Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

We are joined to Him in that death—resurrection process of the intercessor, where death pressures involve us in taking the place of others that they may live, which he called “the fellowship of His sufferings’.

This takes us right up to death itself – Philippians 3:10; and this produces what Christ’s out—resurrection produced, not just His rising, but the “bringing many sons to glory” (the full meaning of that special “out-resurrection” word in Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

And so we go, as co-laborers to the limit, and glorying in it, even as He went to the pain and shame of the cross, not with sorrow, but joy – Hebrews 12:
2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Simple As This by Norman Grubb