Editor's Letters

by T. Austin-Sparks

February 1927

Beloved of our coming Lord,

"Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it" for to each one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of the Christ. And lest any should faint under this charge, observe it is "in the Lord". Take but your place in Him, your inheritance in His Body, and the Anointing upon the Head will flow down to such as seem the most humble and remote of His members.

Thank God, all our salvation is in Christ, even our salvation in service. "Every branch that beareth but a little fruit He purgeth it that it may bring forth more fruit". Perhaps "salvation in service" may meet a challenge; but we are undoubtedly saved to serve, and in our serving are being saved. "Wherefore work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God that energizeth you both to will and to do of His good pleasure - working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight".

Let this matter of service in God's House - His Temple-Body - now become of great concern to you. Cry, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do"; and "whatsoever He saith unto you, do it". It is only obedience He requires of you. The gracious miracle-working power is His. Yours but to obey very simple commands: His to transform, the water unto wine, the dead things into the living manifestation of His Grace.

It is in, and thus through, the Spirit-life of His Body He seeks to use you. Ask not, "Am I an apostle, a prophet, a teacher, an evangelist?" but inquire of Him whether thou art a saint, for to the ministry of the saints are we all called:- "called saints".

And what is the ministry of every saint? It is to build-up, to edify the Body. It is to become a living spiritual organ in this increasing Spirit-organism (but it has an end, a fulfilment) of God, the Christ. It is to see to it that by obedience daily to the Spirit there is the effectual-working in your measure as an individual part of the Body, for so the Body maketh increase of itself in Love. But God is this Love, and such increase therefore is the increase of God. Now this may seem mystical to a carnal mind, but very practical is it to the heavenly calling, to the eternal destiny of each member, and to the great Purpose and Will of God in the church.

Let God work in you. Yield in active co-operation your faculties to the Holy Ghost. For He would work in you: He would energize you: He would move you to fellowship with our Head in glory, and stir your heart to love and passion for His service - thus groanings because of desire too deep to articulate will begin to surge in your spirit, and you will begin to pray the "all-prayer" of the Spirit. The Eternal Desire will break through your natural torpor and lethargy, and God will arise within the shrine of your spirit to make war against His enemies through the Blood of His Passion, and you will pray in the Holy Ghost all-conquering, prevailing prayer - and in that praying all the saints will be included, with specific ministries for such as God brings to heart and remembrance.

"Take heed to the ministry in the Body of Christ which thou hast received in the Lord."

And so may we likewise be found faithful.

Yours in this supreme service,
T. Austin-Sparks,
T. Madoc Jeffreys.

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