Sunday, March 23, 2014

Underhill: the music of calling

Sunday, March 23, 2014
    Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
    —1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
    As our life comes to maturity we discover to our confusion that human ears can pick up from the Infinite many incompatible tunes, but cannot hear the whole symphony. And the melody confided to our care, the one which we alone perhaps can contribute and which taxes our powers to the full, has in it not only the notes of triumph but the notes of pain. The distinctive mark therefore is not happiness but vocation: work demanded and power given, but given only on condition that we spend it and ourselves on others without stint.
    ... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), The Life of the Spirit and the Life of Today, E.P. Dutton, 1922, p. 225 (see the book)
    See also 1 Pet. 4:10; Matt. 20:25-28; Mark 9:35; 1 Cor. 7:20,24; 13:9-10,12; 2 Cor. 5:7; Gal. 5:13; Eph. 6:7-8; Phil. 3:12; Heb. 3:1-2; Jas. 1:23-24; 2 Pet. 1:10-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Am I spending my life as God has called me to?
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