Crumbs
August 11, 2020
334. Week of Twentieth Sunday after Trinity - Thursday
Whosoever has, to him shall be given
          Whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance; but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even what he has.   Mathew 13:12
          God's spiritual gifts are, mainly, a believing knowledge of the Word of God, peace and joy in the possession of salvation, and strength willingly and obediently to follow Christ through this life to eternal life. These spiritual gifts, by reason of their divine origin and nature, thrive and bear fruit. For they are gifts of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us; and the Holy Spirit cannot be idle and inactive within our hearts; He causes the seed which He has planted, and which through Him has life, to grow. Thus it is that more and more of this believing knowledge of the Word of God, of this peace and joy in the promised salvation, and of this strength willingly and obediently to follow Christ, is given to him who has these spiritual gifts, and in whose heart the Holy Spirit truly abides. This is what the Lord Jesus means when He says: "Whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance." On the other hand, if any one disregards the spiritual gifts of God, if he resists the Holy Spirit, who desires to work within his heart, and refuses to give place to Him, then at last the Holy Spirit departs from such a person; and when the Holy Spirit departs, all those things are likewise taken away from such a person, which in the first place were given to him by the Holy Spirit. He is then without the believing knowledge of the Word of God, without peace and joy in the salvation of Christ, having lost it now, and without strength willingly and obediently to follow Christ. A vine withered and cast forth, is such a person. And this is what the Lord Jesus means when He says: "But whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away, even what he has." A very, very serious word, which, alas! but too often comes true.
          PRAYER: - Lord God Holy Spirit, forgive to me the slothfulness and disinclination of my carnal mind with which I have hindered You from bestowing upon me the full measure of Your spiritual gifts. O Lord, let me rejoice in Your precious and blessed gifts, and give to me, O Lord, an ever greater fullness of the same, to the glory of Your name and to my soul's eternal welfare. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 11, 2020