Weekly Pursuit – Week 4 of January

Jan 28, 2020 by

Verses:

Judg. 9:9 “But the olive tree said to them, Shall I leave my fatness, because of which God and men are honored by me, and go to wave over the trees?”

 

Excerpts:

We are told in Judges 9:9 that [the oil of the olive tree] is used to honor God and honor man. This simply means that if we would serve the Lord, if we would help others, we must do it by the Holy Spirit. We must be a man filled with the Spirit, an olive tree, a son of oil.

Do you realize that whenever you go to contact a brother or a sister, you are going to honor him? By what will you honor him? You can honor him only by the Holy Spirit. Now you can realize why the Holy Spirit has made the olive tree the last item. When you have experienced Christ as all the other items and have reached this point, then you are full of the Holy Spirit. Then you can honor God, and you can honor others. Otherwise, whatever we say, whatever we do, will simply dishonor them. If we can talk with them only about the world situation and about this and that, we are heaping dishonor upon them. In all your contacts with others, can you say that by the Lord’s mercy and grace and by the Holy Spirit you honor them?

Whether or not we are filled with the Spirit to honor God and others depends very much upon how we enjoy and experience Christ day by day as the wheat, the barley, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and then the olive tree. If we pass the first five items, we will surely come to the sixth, the olive tree. We will be a son of oil, a saint full of the Holy Spirit. (The All-inclusive Christ, ch.6)

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