But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Philippians 3:7.
It is through the church that the self-sacrificing love of Jesus is to be made manifest to the world, but by the present example of the church the character of Christ is misrepresented, and a false conception of Him is given to the world. Self-love excludes the love of Jesus from the soul, and this is why there is not in the church greater zeal and more fervent love for Him who first loved us. Self is supreme in so many hearts. Their thoughts, their time, and their money are given to self-gratification, while the souls for whom Christ died are perishing.
This is why the Lord cannot impart to His church the fullness of His blessing. To honor them in a distinguished manner before the world would be to put His seal upon their works, confirming their false representation of His character. When the church shall come out from the world, and be separate from its maxims, habits, and practices, the Lord Jesus will work with His people; He will pour a large
measure of His Spirit upon them, and the world will know that the Father loves them. Will the people of God continue to be so, stupefied with selfishness? His blessing hangs over them, but it cannot be bestowed in its fullness because they are so corrupted with the spirit and practices of the world. There is spiritual pride among them; and should the Lord work as His heart longs to do, it would but confirm
them in their self-esteem and self-exaltation.
Shall Christ continue to be misrepresented by our people? Shall the grace of God, the divine enlightenment, be shut away from His church, because of their lukewarmness? It will be unless there is the most thorough seeking of God, renunciation of the world, and humbling of the soul before God. The converting power of God must pass through our churches. — (The Home Missionary, November 1, 1890.)
1. What practical lessons do you get from this lesson?
2. Are you ready and do you feel good to let someone go first?
3. How is today’s lesson appropriate to improve the situation?
1. For the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
2. For God to bring revival into your life and the church.
3. For God to give us victory against selfishness
4. For the individuals on your prayer list.
5. For the ECD Evangelistic Impact 2025
Day 8: Placing Self Aside
Day 17: The Mind Renewed
Day 18: Self Crucified
Day 19: Thoughts Transformed
Day 20: Temper Subdued
Day 21: Revival at Pentecost
Day 22: Unlimited Supply of Missionary Spirit
Day 23: A New Pentecost
Day 24: A Special Bestowal of Spiritual Grace
Day 25: Full Impartation of the Spirit
Day 26: No Specific Time
Day 27: Without Excitement
Day 28: In Unexpected Ways
Day 29: To Unexpected People
Day 30: Often Rejected
Day 31: Beware of Resisting
Day 32: Fear of Witnessing Gone
Day 33: The Greatest Work on Earth
Day 34: The Light of the World
Day 35: The salt of the Earth
Day 36: Ambassadors of Christ
Day 37: Cooperation with Divine Power
Day 38: Laborers Together with God
Day 39: All Members Called to be Missionaries
Day 40: Even Children May Share