Kept For the Master’s Use Part 5

“Entrust to Him our trust” Frances Havergal

We may come to another temptation that only leads to disappointment.

Is our “trusting” instead, really “trying”?

What I am saying is are you, in your own power “trying” and “willing” over what God has already taken and kept?

Havergal says, “We can no more trust and keep on trusting than we can do anything else of ourselves. Even in this it must be Jesus only.”

How many times do we TRY to show God how strong we are or how competent we are or how good we are doing for Him?
The only reason God can look at us is because of Jesus! Thank you Jesus! You lifted me out of this mess so now I trust you to take even my fragile faith and KEEP it.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of an over zealous faith at times. Take Peter for instance, he confidently said he would never deny Jesus, and just as soon as he made his declaration, he denied Jesus 3 times. Who was Peter trusting in? It sounds like he was trusting in his own trust. He learned later a painful lesson what was required, Jesus asked Peter, “do you love me?”

So the question is what is the aim of my trusting?

I will leave it here with a quote that says it all.

Havergal says, “Not for me at all but for Jesus; not for my safety, but for His glory; not for my comfort, but for His joy; not that I may find rest, but that he may see the travail of His soul, and be satisfied. Yes for Him I want to be kept. Kept for His sake; kept for His use; kept to be His witness; kept for His joy! Kept for Him, that He May show forth some tiny sparkle of His light and beauty; kept for Him that His work in His own way; kept it may be, to suffer for aHis sake, kept for Him, that He may do what seemeth Him good with me; kept so that no other lord shall have anymore dominion over me, but that Jesus shall have all there is to have; —little enough, indeed, but not divided or diminished by any other claim. Is not this, O you who love the Lord—is not this worth living for, worth asking for, worth trusting for?

Love for Jesus is our aim. Those of us who have been crucified with Christ let us go on walking in the Spirit. He has taken the life that we have offered Him and He is keeping it.

These are my notes and thoughts from “Kept for the Master’s Use” by Frances Havergal. Her exact words are in quotations.


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