The Secret Of Perseverance
By Gerald B. Griffiths
Christ can sustain us in the long and dreary days with His own willing Spirit. And what a willing Spirit our Master possessed! The disciples, you recall, came back with food from the village in Samaria, and found Him very slow to eat.
"Master," they said, "Eat."
"I have meat to eat that ye know not of. My meat and drink is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work" (John 4:31-34).
To talk to that lonely, bewildered woman by the well, to see the light of hope kindled again in her eyes, was no hardship to our Lord. It was the very thing that His soul reveled in. "I delight to do Thy will" it is written of Him (Psa. 40:8). And let us not miss this thrilling comfort: the Holy Spirit actually imparts to us the very delight that Christ experienced in His Father's work!
Please believe me when I say that I try to take the challenge of what I am about to say, to my own heart first. Christian work in these days is bound to be very strenuous, and sometimes we break down under the strain of it. But its biggest strain is in our self-effort. It is what we do in the energies of the flesh that really kills us.
The most exhausting work of all is not that which is born of love for God and our neighbor, but that devilish work that is born of our wretched conceit and vanity and jealousy; the desire to make an impression, to assert ourselves. It is our own miserable egotism. It is just that which makes Christian work a burden….
The Spirit of God will only glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and I can only expect His rest and His power in so far as my desire is that Jesus Christ may be given the pre-eminence in His church, and that by evangelism He may see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied. He makes us, then, by His Holy Spirit, willing and eager. He creates desires within our hearts to work for Him.