If, in any way, I belittle those I am called to serve…
….if I talk of their weak points in contrast, perhaps, with what I think of as my stronger points….
….if I adopt a superior attitude, forgetting to consider the wisdom of the voice that asks me, inwardly, “Who made you different from the one you are criticizing — and what do you have that you have not been given?”
….if I can easily discuss the shortcomings or the sins of any man or woman…
….if I can speak in an off-hand way, even of a child’s wrongdoing…
then I know nothing of Calvary Love.
If I hold onto choices of any kind, just because they are my choices..
….if I give more room to my private likes and dislikes….
….if I am soft on myself and slide easily and comfortably into the vice of self pity and eliciting sympathy,,,
….if I do not, by the grace of God, build a fortress around my inner man to protect it from my own soulishness…
….if, the very moment I am conscious of the shadow of “self” crossing that inner threshold, I do not shut the door and (in the power of Him who works in us to will and to do) keep that door shut…
Then we know nothing of Calvary Love.
What is Calvary all about….. Jesus showed us Calvary Love:
…Jesus is God
…Gave up heaven
…Voluntarily took on human flesh
…Limited himself in a fleshly body
…Chose to obey his parents
…Set his face toward Jerusalem
…Garden of Gethsemane decision
…The cross of Calvary
Amy Carmichael talks about Calvary love….
What are some characteristics of Calvary love?
- Humble (James 4:6,10)
- self-less…..self-sacrificial (1 Peter 2:15-25)
- not feelings oriented (Hebr. 10:22-25)
- focused on others (Phil. 2:1-4)
- focused on a higher plan (different plan / a greater plan) (Luke 22:42)
- dependent on a higher power (Hebr. 12:1-2; Rom. 12:1-2)
- willing to be used for a higher purpose (Acts 20:24)
What did that mean in Amy’s life? And what does it mean in our lives?
(”Grace in rivers is required for this, day by day…”)
(Amy Carmichael, Missionary to China)