2 The Sacrament Of Sacrifice
“He that believeth in Me . .
out of him shall flow. . . .” John 7:38
Jesus did not say – “he that believeth in Me shall
realize the blessing of the fulness of God,” but – “he that believeth in Me out
of him shall escape everything he receives.” Our Lord's teaching is always
anti-self-realization. His purpose is not the development of a man; His purpose
is to make a man exactly like Himself, and the characteristic of the Son of God
is self-expenditure. If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain, but what
He pours through us that counts. It is not that God makes us beautifully
rounded grapes, but that He squeezes the sweetness out of us. Spiritually, we
cannot measure our life by success, but only by what God pours through us, and
we cannot measure that at all.
When Mary of Bethany broke the box of precious
ointment and poured it on Jesus' head, it was an act for which no one else saw
any occasion; the disciples said it was a waste. But Jesus commended Mary for
her extravagant act of devotion, and said that wherever His gospel was preached
“this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.” Our Lord
is carried beyond Himself with joy when He sees any of us doing what Mary did,
not being set on this or that economy, but being abandoned to Him. God spilt
the life of His Son that the world might be saved; are we prepared to spill out
our lives for Him?
“He that believeth in Me out of him shall flow rivers of living water” –
hundreds of other lives will be continually refreshed. It is time now to break
the life, to cease craving for satisfaction, and to spill the thing out. Our
Lord is asking who of us will do it for Him?