February 21 Have You Ever Been
Carried Away For Him?
“She hath wrought a good work on Me.” Mark 14:6
If human love does not carry a man beyond himself, it is not love. If
love is always discreet, always wise, always sensible and calculating, never
carried beyond itself, it is not love at all. It may be affection, it may be
warmth of feeling, but it has not the true nature of love in it.
Have I ever been carried away to do something for God not because it was
my duty, nor because it was useful, nor because there was anything in it at all
beyond the fact that I love Him? Have I ever realized that I can bring to God
things which are of value to Him, or am I mooning round the magnitude of His
Redemption whilst there are any number of things I might be doing? Not Divine,
colossal things which could be recorded as marvellous, but ordinary, simple
human things which will give evidence to God that I am abandoned to Him? Have I
ever produced in the heart of the Lord Jesus what Mary of Bethany produced?
There are times when it seems as if God watches to see if we will give
Him the abandoned tokens of how genuinely we do love Him. Abandon to God is of
more value than personal holiness. Personal holiness focuses the eye on our own
whiteness; we are greatly concerned about the way we walk and talk and look,
fearful lest we offend Him. Perfect love casts out all that when once we are
abandoned to God. We have to get rid of this notion – “Am I of any use?” and
make up our minds that we are not, and we may be near the truth. It is never a
question of being of use, but of being of value to God Himself. When we are
abandoned to God, He works through us all the time.