All taken up by Him
Last Friday I had the joy of sitting with my husband, his sister (my BFF) and her husband at The Church at Brook Hills for Secret Church. If you're not acquainted with Brook Hills' pastor, David Platt, or Secret Church, here's a crash course. Patterned after the secret meetings of underground Asian house churches, Secret Church is a gathering of thousands of believers worldwide (via live stream) for 6+ hours of intense Bible study and prayer.
This year's topic was "The Cross and Everyday Life." I will be chewing on the teaching for months to come, but today I just want to share one quote that Platt read while talking about our union with Christ. This quote is from the missionary Hudson Taylor:
Oh, it is joy to feel Jesus living in you; to find your heart all taken up by Him; to be reminded of His love by His seeking communion with you at all times, not by your painful attempts to abide in Him. He is our life, our strength, our salvation...I am no longer anxious about anything...for He, I know, is able to carry out His will, and His will is mine. It makes no matter where He places me, or how. That is rather for Him to consider than for me; for in the easiest position He must give me His grace, and in the most difficult His grace is sufficient. So if God should place me in great perplexity, must He not give me much guidance; in positions of great difficulty, much grace; in circumstances of great pressure and trial, much strength. I have no fear that His resources will be unequal to the emergency! And His resources are mine--for He is mine, and is with me and dwells in me.