Contextualized Christianity - the Life of Sadhu Sundar Singh.

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A naturalist tookrepparttar eggs of a nightingale to a cold country, and hoped that when they hatchedrepparttar 127000 birds would regard that country as their home and remain there. But they came out, and, afterrepparttar 127001 summer, they flew away to their native home, and never came back. Similarly, though born in this world, we are not for this world. As soon asrepparttar 127002 time comes for us to leaverepparttar 127003 body, we shall move away into our eternal home.

From "The Real Pearl" by Sadhu Sundar Singh, CLS Madras 1966.

Who is really blind? If a blind man comes downrepparttar 127004 streetrepparttar 127005 onus is onrepparttar 127006 person who can see to draw aside so as to avoid collision, and if by chance they collide he should not mind but rather begrepparttar 127007 blind man's pardon and help him. If he should get annoyed that would only be proof thatrepparttar 127008 blind man is really not less but more clear-sighted than he is, because he is blind with regard to both sympathy and intelligence. So if anyone opposes and persecutes us because we followrepparttar 127009 truth, instead of taking it ill we must forgive, love and pray for him (Mat. 5:44, 45), and if he still does not repent and desist we are notrepparttar 127010 losers, because we ought to do this forrepparttar 127011 Truth, who gave us sight and is Himself is our reward.

From "The Real Pearl" by Sadhu Sundar Singh, CLS Madras 1966.

The Reality ofrepparttar 127012 Living Christ We see medicine for our eyes. It is in a bottle, but when it is in our eyes we cannot see it. The medicine cleansrepparttar 127013 eyes and stillrepparttar 127014 eyes cannot see it. They feelrepparttar 127015 presence ofrepparttar 127016 medicine. You say: "I have medicine in my eyes". So when Christ was in Palestine, inrepparttar 127017 physical body, many people could see Him, but now when He is living in our hearts we cannot see Him. Likerepparttar 127018 medicine. He is cleaning our spiritual eyes from all kinds of sins. We are being saved though we cannot see Him. We feel His presence. (I don't mean by "feeling" a kind of physical sensation, this "feeling" is not an emotion either.) By "feeling" I mean we realiserepparttar 127019 reality ofrepparttar 127020 living Christ and shall be able to bear witness for Him and to say: "Now we are inrepparttar 127021 Kingdom of God andrepparttar 127022 Kingdom of God is within us".

From "Life in Abundance", CLS, 1986

Taste and see.... About four years ago I was talking to a very learned man. He said: "It is very useful to know all aboutrepparttar 127023 Bible, and also to analyse every part of it". Then, as an illustration, he took a cup of milk: he was a chemist. "Now, is it not so much sugar, and so many other things in milk?" He made everything separate. I said: "It is very interesting, I cannot go against it, but I should say that your little child of three years of age is better than you. This child cannot analyserepparttar 127024 milk, but he drinks it and knows from experience that it is sweet, and in doing so, gets stronger every day. He does not know how many things it is made of, but he knows two important things: first, thatrepparttar 127025 milk is sweet; second, that by it he is getting stronger. You have analysed it, and in doing so have derived no benefit, and you have spoiledrepparttar 127026 milk." There are many chemists who can analyserepparttar 127027 Word of God. They say: "This part belongs to Palestine, this to Greece." They can explain many things about it in different ways, but they never drinkrepparttar 127028 spiritual milk. They analyserepparttar 127029 Word of God but never drink it, they have not strength enough to overcome temptation; that is why there is great danger in criticism, and our Lord knew about these things when He took a little child and said: "Of such isrepparttar 127030 Kingdom of Heaven". You must be like a child who takes and drinks.

From "Life in Abundance", CLS, 1986

Sandalwood andrepparttar 127031 axe * The good and spiritual man will always endure suffering inrepparttar 127032 world (2 Tim. 2:12), because people cannot understand him; and as their conscience and their feelings, by means of which they should findrepparttar 127033 truth and value it, are desensitized and deadened through sin, whenever they come across a good man they discover that his nature and his ways are incompatible with theirs, and so are compelled to persecute him. But those whose spiritual sensitivity and conscience are alive and alert upholdrepparttar 127034 rut, and are influenced byrepparttar 127035 upright man's fragrant and winsome life. The life of a true Christian is like sandalwood - instead of harming in any wayrepparttar 127036 axe that cuts, it imparts its own fragrance to it.

The Rose and its thorns As long as we are in this world we have to undergo both joy and sorrow. The bee not only gathers honey; to serve a particular purpose it also carries a sting. It is not without reason that beautiful fragrant roses are accompanied by thorns; and Paul's 'thorn inrepparttar 127037 flesh' too (2 Cor. 12:7- 10) contributed torepparttar 127038 fulfilment of a lofty objective. Inrepparttar 127039 same way it is absolutely necessary for us too to go through such experiences forrepparttar 127040 fulfilment of a final and eternal purpose.

Worse thanrepparttar 127041 Ox Many live their lives like beasts ofrepparttar 127042 field. They have tongues, but no power of speech, and are dumb as animals, with no message for themselves or for others. Animals indeed have tongues, but have no ability to speak, because they have nothing to talk about beyondrepparttar 127043 usual animal feelings, which they express by sounds and movements. Those without spiritual life are like animals; but in a sense they are worse, forrepparttar 127044 ox knoweth its owner, andrepparttar 127045 ass its master's crib: but man, who isrepparttar 127046 crown of creation, does not know his Creator (Isaiah 1:3). His tongue is very swift to utter falsehood, but is slow to speak truth because he does not knowrepparttar 127047 Lord his God (Jer. 9:3).

Suffering and being revived As inrepparttar 127048 world, night lasts in some places for only a few hours, and in other places for several months, so there are always seasons of joy and of sorrow to be found in our lives, and all of us must at last pass throughrepparttar 127049 'valley ofrepparttar 127050 shadow of death'. Those who in their lives bearrepparttar 127051 Cross may truly say 'We die but behold we live' (II Cor. 6:9), and asrepparttar 127052 tree which in winter loses its leaves and seems to be dying, in spring is infused again with new life and once more shoots out its leaves, so Christians in time of persecution seem to be ready to die, but again and yet again do their lives revive. In spite of all their sufferings 'their lives are hid with Christ in God'. Asrepparttar 127053 Gulf Stream flowing up fromrepparttar 127054 warm waters ofrepparttar 127055 tropics savesrepparttar 127056 coast of Europe fromrepparttar 127057 rigour of a bitter winter, so God's Spirit flowing throughrepparttar 127058 lives of true Christians keeps them always inrepparttar 127059 glow of spiritual health and> to read more great

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(Pharisaic) Hedges and Fences

Written by Aleck Cartwright

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We can either put up hedges which need maintenance and upkeep and are a delight to see when they are cared for or in our lives or we can put up fences which distance us fromrepparttar world and become a judgement onrepparttar 126999 world. We all like friends we can relate to and be real with not holier-than-thou people who keep up a façade of holiness. Putting up fences make me less approachable and more unreachable. The Pharisees had many fences to "keep them from sin" and they were fenced in and bound to them and by them.

Pharisees hadrepparttar 127000 most law because they figured that if they did not keeprepparttar 127001 law they would sufferrepparttar 127002 consequences of disobeying God. For this reason they decided to make more laws to protect them from being tempted to breakrepparttar 127003 original law of God. If there were grey areas new laws were made to clarify old ones, it was never ending. These laws were to prevent them from coming anywhere close to temptation and gave them a sense of holiness not because they just keptrepparttar 127004 law of God but also because they were trying to keeprepparttar 127005 man-made laws that were thought up to keep them as far away from sin as possible!

So in their minds they were holy and blameless above and beyondrepparttar 127006 law of God. In effect going beyondrepparttar 127007 call of duty! This sounds good doesn’t it? Yet ultimately it turned to bite them inrepparttar 127008 heel. No one can keeprepparttar 127009 law of God and that is why we need divine redemption because nothing in us can save us. Humanism will never be salvation to us. The Pharisees started out wanting to please God and ended up displeasing Him because though they had made it harder for themselves to sin againstrepparttar 127010 law they had now nurtured pride for this achievement in their hearts!

Many of us today are just as Pharisaic and want to be noted as spiritual and above reproach, praying longer, studying more diligently, fasting more often and tithingrepparttar 127011 greatest amounts. There is nothing wrong with any of these things but ultimately what other people see is either hedges or fences in our lives. Both need time invested in them and yet they can conjure up different responses fromrepparttar 127012 world. The differences between hedges and fences is in their motivation,repparttar 127013 idea of pleasing God can be executed in two very different ways depending on our focus, either ourselves (selfishness) or God (Godliness). One is holier than thou and judgemental, demanding that others follow torepparttar 127014 letter ofrepparttar 127015 law, andrepparttar 127016 other is humble and upright but realistic and vulnerable and without care for reputation.

Which one am I building up in my life? Hedges or fences? I think that many times we call a fence a hedge. Time will tell what will survive and last into eternity as an offering dedicated to God and what will just be a work of dedication to self.

My prayer is that God would search my heart and allow me to seerepparttar 127017 fences that need to be pulled down to make way for hedges.


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