a friend recently shared that he was working through a very tiring couple of months. to be truthful, its been tiring around my neck of the woods too. yet a friend shared these words penned by one of the 20th century’s brightest minds- Francis Schaeffer. i found them to be encouraging.
both the scriptures and the history of the church teach that if the Holy Spirit is working, the whole man will be involved and there will be much cost to the christian. the more the Holy Spirit works, the more christians will be used in battle, and the more they are used, the more there will be a personal cost and tiredness. it is quite the opposite of what we might first think. People often cry out for the work of the Holy Spirit and yet when the Holy Spirit works, there is always tremendous cost to the people of God, weariness and tears and battles.” Francis Schaeffer – No Little People.
like my friend these words are very reasurring and are actually a reminder that this is the deal, what i said yes to when i took on the mantle of serving Christ. It goes against all we know…the opposite of what we think…our weariness-our tears-our battles all are part of the weight we must carry…
And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. ~ romans 8:17
the summary of schaeffer’s work is this… we think that we don’t have much to offer…our talents-energy and even our mind…but with God that doesn’t work…there are not little people in his Kingdom.