Ephesians 3:17-19 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
During our revival last November, our preacher for the meeting, Bro. Tim Green, mentioned a book that caught my attention. It was simply titled If and was written by Amy Carmichael, missionary to India from the early 1900’s until her death. She worked there 55 years without a furlough and was an amazing Christian! She is known to have said “missionary work is a chance to die” and “one can give without loving, but cannot love without giving.”
I have finally located the slim volume and have begun reading it. Ms. Carmichael says in the introduction, “It is clear, I think, that such a booklet as this is not meant for everyone, but only for those who are called to be undershepherds.” While I am not a pastor, I am a helpmeet to one, so I feel I qualify as an “undershepherd”, though only indirectly.
This book is short in number of pages, but long in powerful information. In just reading one page, I felt that I must stop and ruminate over it for a while before moving on. That’s when the idea hit me! Perhaps I could journal about the book here, briefly, for pastor’s wives, (or anyone interested) every day? Maybe you would like to get the book and join me? What better way to begin 2011, than by trying to love as Christ loved?
Here is the first paragraph:
If I have not compassion on my fellow-servant, even as my Lord had pity on me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
Lord, I am guilty of not having compassion on my brethren in Your work. In fact, I am often judgmental of others! They say “love is blind”, Lord. Help me to be “blind” the faults of others. Forgive me, and help me to love others as You loved me.