Edward Dennett – Rules or Communion

Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?

Edward Dennett (1831-1914)

In conclusion I may add that the essential thing in service is to have the mind of the Lord concerning that on which we are engaged.  It is impossible, therefore, to lay down absolute rules which will meet every case, but if I am in communion with Him who deigns to send me, the path will be plain, however difficult it may be to walk in it.  To be, however, in communion, I must be both obedient and dependent.  Our Lord thus said to His disciples – and surely also to us – “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it will be done unto you”, John 15: 7.  The order is significant: abiding in Him first, i.e. living in constant dependence upon Him, and then His words abiding in us, controlling and governing us altogether; yea, forming Christ Himself in us; that is, first state of soul, and then the walk, life, activity, formed by the Word.  Begin with Christ, and then there is not much difficulty in knowing what is suitable to Him in our path and service.  May I ask you then, dear brother, to look away from your own thoughts, from your own service, and from the thoughts and face of your fellow-believers, and let your gaze be directed singly to Christ as you cry, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6).   For, “If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (Matthew 6:22).

Golden Nugget Number 290

(Edward Dennett, Foundational Ministry.  Suggested by an English subscriber)- From a letter ‘Why so-called ‘Brethren’ cannot unite with other Christians in Service’

Short Biography of Edward Dennett

 

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Once the ruler of the synagogue at Corinth Then a co-writer of a letter by Paul - just a brother - no longer an official Now a blogger seeking to serve the Lord by posting some words that the Lord has given His Church.

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