Gossip: our work
Do not put out the Spirit’s fire...
—1 Thessalonians 5:19 (NIV)
Most of us in the Church ... still believe mainly in fuss and noise and crowding and organization and machinery. If things drag, we evolve some other type of meeting... There may be no spiritual outcome whatsoever, but we are pleasantly tired, and there is a wind blowing in our faces and so we have the sense something is being done. So long as we are hot and perspiring, are talking and meeting, are bustled and rushed, we feel that things are happening, for we trust in efficiency and busyness, and a certain material capacity far more than in the Holy Spirit.
... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), The Galilean Accent, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1926, p. 76 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, do not allow Your people to be deceived.
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