Incalculable harm has been done to the Church,
By the idea that when once we are God’s children the using of our gifts in His service follows as a matter of course.
No! for this there is indeed needed Very Special Grace.
And the way in which the Grace comes is again that of sacrifice and surrender.
I must see how all my gifts and powers are, even though I be a child of God, still defiled by sin, and under the power of the flesh.
I must feel that I cannot at once proceed to use them for God’s Glory.
I must first lay them at Christ’s feet, to be accepted and cleansed by Him.
I must feel myself utterly powerless to use them aright.
I must see that they are most dangerous to me, because through them the flesh, the old nature, self, will so easily exert its power.
I must part with them, giving them entirely up to the Lord.
When He has accepted them, and set His Stamp upon them, I receive them back, to hold them as His Property, to Wait on Him for the Grace to use them aright day by day, and to have them act only under His Influence.