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Brother Maynard & Graceland

October 5, 2007

I’ve enjoyed some posts over on Subversive Influence and even took part in some conversation on the issue of city versus rural and how we experience transcendence. Brother Maynard is a considerate and gentle voice worth paying attention to.

Mark, creative genius behind Graceland sent me this, which may have some perspective too. He expressed some surprise that it was to found in ‘old Ossie’ (his description of Oswald Chambers:

THE SPHERE OF EXALTATION

"Jesus leadeth them up into a high mountain apart by themselves." Mark 9:2

Oswald_chambers_1906We have all had times on the mount, when we have seen things from God’s standpoint and have wanted to stay there; but God will never allow us to stay there. The test of our spiritual life is the power to descend; if we have power to rise only, something is wrong. It is a great thing to be on the mount with God, but a man only gets there in order that afterwards he may get down among the devil-possessed and lift them up. We are not built for the mountains and the dawns and aesthetic affinities, those are for moments of inspiration, that is all. We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff we are in, and that is where we have to prove our mettle. Spiritual selfishness always wants repeated moments on the mount. We feel we could talk like angels and live like angels, if only we could stay on the mount. The times of exaltation are exceptional, they have their meaning in our life with God, but we must beware lest our spiritual selfishness wants to make them the only time.

We are apt to think that everything that happens is to be turned into useful teaching, it is to be turned into something better than teaching, viz., into character. The mount is not meant to teach us anything, it is meant to make us something. There is a great snare in asking – What is the use of it? In spiritual matters we can never calculate on that line. The moments on the mountain tops are rare moments, and they are meant for something in God’s purpose.

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One Comment
  1. Glenn,
    Thanks for the shout-out and kind words. I’ve added Mark to my reader now as well, so thanks for that also.

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