June 28 Apprehended By God
“If that I may apprehend that for which also I am
apprehended.” Philippians 3:12
Never choose to be a worker; but when once God has put His call on you,
woe be to you if you turn to the right hand or to the left. We are not here to
work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has apprehended
us. There is never any thought of – “Oh, well, I am not fitted for this.” What
you are to preach is determined by God, not by your own natural inclinations.
Keep your soul steadfastly related to God, and remember that you are called not
to bear testimony only, but to preach the gospel. Every Christian must testify,
but when it comes to the call to preach, there must be the agonizing grip of
God's hand on you, your life is in the grip of God for that one thing. How many
of us are held like that?
Never water down the word of God, preach it in its undiluted sternness;
there must be unflinching loyalty to the word of God; but when you come to
personal dealing with your fellow men, remember who you are – not a special
being made up in heaven, but a sinner saved by grace.
“I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do . . .”