Friday, 30 January 2015

Doing God's work

James wrote: 'It has come home to me very forcibly of late that it matters little what the work in which we are engaged: so long as God has put it into our hands.'

James believed it was no more necessary to be faithful in preaching the Gospel than in doing something like washing up the dishes in the kitchen. 'I am no more doing the Lord's work in giving the Word of God to the Chinese,' he wrote, 'than you are, for example, in wrapping up a parcel to send to a tailor. It is not for us ... to chose our work. And if God has chosen it for us, hadn't we better go straight ahead and do it, without waiting for anything greater, better or 'nobler'?'

'Have we any right,' he asked, 'to be dissatisfied with our present condition, which God has ordained for us, that we hanker after something in the future?'

p18-19, Mountain Rain, The Biography of James O. Fraser

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