11 The Spiritual Saint
“That I may know Him.”
The initiative of the saint is not towards
self-realization, but towards knowing Jesus Christ. The spiritual saint never
believes circumstances to be haphazard, or thinks of his life as secular and
sacred; he sees everything he is dumped down in as the means of securing the
knowledge of Jesus Christ. There is a reckless abandonment about him. The Holy
Spirit is determined that we shall realize Jesus Christ in every domain of
life, and He will bring us back to the same point again and again until we do.
Self-realization leads to the enthronement of work; whereas the saint enthrones
Jesus Christ in his work. Whether it be eating or drinking or washing disciples
feet, whatever it is, we have to take the initiative of realizing Jesus Christ
in it. Every phase of our actual life has its counterpart in the life of Jesus.
Our Lord realized His relationship to the Father even in the most menial work.
“Jesus knowing . . . that He was come from God, and went to God . . . took a
towel . . . and began to wash the disciples’ feet.”
The aim of the spiritual saint is “that I may know
Him.” Do I know Him where I am to-day? If not, I am failing Him. I am here not
to realize myself, but to know Jesus. In Christian work the initiative is too
often the realization that something has to be done and I must do it. That is
never the attitude of the spiritual saint, his aim is to secure the realization
of Jesus Christ in every set of circumstances he is in.