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Losing Our “Silken Self” for the Purposes of God

October 24th, 2009

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

Luke 9:23

 

This is always the calling God gives, to lay aside selfishness and personal goals and follow Christ. This must be done daily if we are to be of use to God, and wherever God calls us to serve, we are to serve this way.

 

Amy Carmichael, 1867-1951, was from Belfast, and became a missionary to India. Much of her work was with young ladies, some of whom were saved from forced prostitution – these Young girls were dedicated to the gods and forced into prostitution for the personal financial benefit of the priests. She served selflessly, and was a brilliant poet. Her poems still touch people today. Perhaps her best know one was “Make Me Thy Fuel”.

 

Make Me Thy Fuel

 

From prayer that asks that I may be
Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee,
From fearing when I should aspire,
From faltering when I should climb higher,
From silken self, O Captain, free
Thy soldier who would follow Thee.

 

From subtle love of softening things,
From easy choices, weakenings,
(Not thus are spirits fortified,
Not this way went the crucified)
From all that dims Thy Calvary,
O Lamb of God, deliver me.

 

Give me the love that leads the way,
The faith that nothing can dismay,
The hope no disappointments tire,
The passion that will burn like fire;
Let me not sink to be a clod:
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.

 

I love the power of these words, my “silken self,” my “love of softening things,” these are the things that chain us from effectiveness for God. If we have been with God, really been with God we will experience an enlarging of our heart’s capacity for love.

 

Prayer:

 

Lord, enlarge Your love within our hearts. Amen.

 

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