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Seeking the treasure found in darkness.

Posted by appolus on January 20, 2016

There is a kind of suffering known only to the Christian. It is voluntary suffering deliberately and knowingly incurred for the sake of Christ. Such is a luxury, a treasure of fabulous value, a source of riches beyond the power of the mind to conceive. And it is rare as well as precious, for there are few in this decadent age who will of their own choice go down into this dark mine looking for jewels. But, of our own choice it must be, for there is not other way to get down. God will not force us into this kind of suffering. He will not lay this cross upon us not embarrass us with riches we do not want. Such riches are reserved for those who apply to serve in the legion unto death, who volunteer to suffer for Christ’s sake and who follow-up their application with lives that challenge the devil and invite the fury of hell. Such as these have said good-bye to the world’s toys; they have chosen to suffer affliction with the people of God;they have accepted toil and suffering as their earthly portion. The marks of the cross are upon them and they are known in heaven and hell.

But where are they? Has this breed of Christian died out of the earth? Have the saints of God joined the mad scramble for security? Has the cross become no more than a symbol , a bloodless and sterile relic of nobler times? Are we now afraid to suffer and unwilling to die? I hope not but I wonder. And only God has the answer.( Tozer, The radical Cross)

Interesting questions Tozer presents. Has this breed of Christian died out today? Do we even, in our modern age, understand the notion of what it means to ” mine the darkness for jewels.” Are we afraid to suffer and unwilling to die? Is security, that which the world highly values, is that what we seek? To be honest, if you listen to those who supposedly represent Christianity today you would have to conclude that above all else security is prized. Whether it is financial security or national security or even social security. We have insurance to cover almost every possible scenario. I do not say that there is anything wrong with security and insurance in and of itself. Yet, when it rules us, when it dictates our actions, when we lay all our hopes into its tenuous hands then we will undoubtedly find ourselves in trouble.

We cannot be ruled by these fears and at the very same time serve the living God effectively. To answer Tozer’s question about whether this breed of Christian has vanished from the earth, I say no. I see saints in war-torn countries continue on serving God and being martyred for their Lord, they are such a breed. I have met countless saints from all around the world whose desire in this world is to serve God, they only live to serve God. I have met and heard from so many American saints, ( American saints often have a bad press around the world) who love the Lord with all of their hearts and who have willingly suffered for His sake and who would suffer more is asked, they are of this breed.

I see a time ahead, not in the too far distant future, where God will raise up out of the shadows such a breed as Tozer spoke of. A people who have been taught by God Himself and who have been enriched by the treasures of the ” dark mine.” They have been taught obedience and reliance upon Him. They have been honed by the hammer and the chisel to rightly fit into the plans of God for such a time as this. They have been secretly drawn into the desert and there, where no life should be found, they have found life and that more abundantly. This abundant life is not the abundant life spoken of by heretical teachers of health and prosperity. No, this is the abundant life of the cross-bearers; Those who willingly suffer for His sake and would have it no other way and have found an abundant source of joy and strength to endure and in enduring, overcome.

God has His people. And whether they live or whether they die their aim is to glorify God, it is their chief all-consuming desire. As the world plunges into darkness and chaos, and all around are losing their heads, there is a breed of Christian who have learned to walk among such darkness with a peace that surpasses all understanding. God has mighty plans for such a breed of people. Not the plans of the false prophet who tell the people of a glorious future in this world and only speak of peace and prosperity. No, the Lord will bring forward a breed of people to lead the Body of Christ in the way of the cross. A people who will show that there are mountaintop experiences to be had in the very depths of the deepest valley’s. Their light will shine in such darkness for their light is the light of Christ Himself and when He and He alone is lifted up then men and women shall be drawn unto Him.

I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. (Isa 45:2-3)

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