The Cup and the Fire
by T. Austin-Sparks
"Where there has been no cup there has been no fire: where there has been the cup, there has always been the fire. It is the story of all the persecutions, all the sufferings of the people of God, which have issued in the progress of the gospel. It is something, dear friends, that we have to very clearly recognise and to accept, that right at the very heart of everything in the purpose of God, there is a cup. And only by the drinking of that cup is any kind of real spiritual progress, enlargement, possible. But, to put that in another way, there is always a cup, but the drinking of that cup will always issue in spiritual progress or increase or enlargement or deepening."