June 19

“Grain is crushed, though one certainly does not thresh it forever. The wheel of one’s wagon rolls over it, but his horses do not crush it.” Isaiah 28:28

Many of us cannot be used to become food for the world’s hunger until we are broken in Christ’s hands. “Bread corn is bruised.” Christ’s blessing ofttimes means sorrow, but even sorrow is not too great a price to pay for the privilege of touching other lives with benediction. The sweetest things in this world today have come to us through tears and pain.

“God has made me bread for His elect, and if it be needful that the bread must be ground in the teeth of the lion to feed His children, blessed be the name of the Lord.”__St. Ignatius (Streams in the Desert)

Beware the trap of placing need above Christ. We are not after humanitarian effort; we are pursuing a love relationship with the Triune God. As a matter of course, our hearts awaken to all manner of human suffering; we intervene because God is love. When we operate in reverse, we place band-aids on the terminally ill. Christ is everything; love Him supremely and you will lay your life down to alleviate suffering wherever you encounter it.

“Our Lord’s first obedience was to the will of His Father, not to the needs of men; the saving of men was the natural outcome of His obedience to the Father. If I am devoted to the cause of humanity only, I will soon be exhausted and come to the place where my love will falter; but if I love Jesus Christ personally and passionately, I can serve humanity though men treat me as a door-mat. The secret of a disciple’s life is devotion to Jesus Christ, and the characteristic of the life is its unobtrusiveness. It is like a corn of wheat, which falls into the ground and dies, but presently it will spring up and alter the whole landscape” (O. Chambers).

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